#4 Pitch with the bulldog mentality that has defined his career.
Make no mistake about it that tonight's game three start is why Max was brought to Texas. Chris Young traded for him so that he could start important games like this. Max has been a real competitor throughout his career. He comes into this start with more postseason starts than anyone on either roster. This will be his fourth World Series start. It will be Max's 30th postseason start overall.
Max's previous World Series starts saw his team win two of the three starts. Detroit lost his game four start in 2012 against Bochy's San Francisco Giants. The Nationals won his two starts in 2019 against the Astros. The constants among those starts is that he pitched five or more innings and allowed three or fewer runs. That is the type of effort that Texas will need tonight.
The ideal scenario for Max and the Rangers is that Max pitches right at five innings, gives up just one or two runs, and is able to hand a lead of some sort over to his friends in the Rangers' bullpen. I would fully expect with Sborz having not pitched in this series that he would be good for at least two innings. Chapman for at least one, and then Leclerc for the ninth. If everything works out Texas will pick up an important game three win.
A Texas win accomplish two things. First, it will continue their postseason road winning streak and extend it to nine. Second, it will remove any pressure from games four and five. Texas will know that regardless of the results of those game that the series will at the worst head back to Arlington for game six and potentially game seven.
Tonight's game will give Texas or Arizona the momentum in this series heading into game four. Both teams are staring at a bullpen game for game four. I would rather be the team that has the series lead than be behind in the series.
Tonight's game will be at 7:03pm and it will be broadcast by Fox.