The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers advance to the World Series
The GIST: Two Game 7s later, the World Series matchup is officially set, with two Wild Card teams — the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers — advancing to this Friday’s Fall Classic. How can you not be romantic about baseball?
Diamondbacks slither past Phillies: From nearly missing the playoffs to World Series–bound, the Dbacks stunned the Philadelphia home crowd last night, silencing the Phils’ bats to win Game 7 4–2 on the road and complete the comeback from an early 2-0 series deficit.
- Outfielder Ketel Marte earned National League (NL) Championship Series MVP honors, as his incredible 16-game playoff hitting streak helped Arizona secure their first NL pennant since 2001. Hiss hiss.
Rangers take down the defending champs: Everything’s bigger in Texas, including a series-clinching wins. The Rangers throttled the reigning champ Houston Astros 11–4 in Monday’s Game 7, booking their first World Series ticket since 2011.
- American League Championship Series MVP Adolis García let his bat do the talking in the dub, blasting two homers and extending his home run streak to a record-setting four straight games in the process. And if he keeps this offense rolling? Texas might just win their first-ever World Series title.