Low-seeded uprising to eventual wildcard WS, Texas partner?

October 24, 2023 | by

The wildcard storm that hit this year’s MLB postseason has carried over to the World Series (WS). The World Series brackets for the teams that qualified for the wild card have been finalized. First up, the Texas Rangers, the No. 5 seed in the American League postseason, are headed to the World Series. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies, who both made it through the Wild Card Series, will meet in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

Texas pulled off a miraculous upset. The Rangers defeated the Houston Astros, 11-4, in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in the 2023 Major League Baseball postseason. They took a 4-3 series lead and punched their ticket to the World Series. After winning Games 1 and 2 on the road, they dropped Games 3, 4, and 5 at home, but bounced back to sweep Games 6 and 7 to defeat Houston.

They crossed the thorny road to the World Series. They came within a game of winning the division, but lost the final game of the regular season, dropping the American League West title to Houston and slipping into the Wild Card Series. Entering the postseason as the No. 5 seed, they met the No. 1 wild-card team, the Tampa Bay Rays, and overcame an early deficit to win two straight on the road and advance to the Division Series. In the Division Series, the Rays took three straight games from the No. 1 seed Baltimore Orioles, the best winning percentage team in the American League. Defying all odds, they won five straight games to advance to the Championship Series, where they were swept by Houston in the Championship Series to earn a trip to the World Series. 

The National League Championship Series pits postseason No. 4 seed Philadelphia against No. 6 seed Arizona. The series is tied at three games apiece. Philadelphia won Games 1 and 2. Arizona fought back in Games 3 and 4 to even the series. Game 5 was again won by the Phillies, and Game 6 was won by Arizona. A fateful Game 7 on the 25th will determine who will advance to the World Series. 안전놀이터

Texas clinched the Wild Card World Series, earning a spot in the World Series. Arizona and Philadelphia also earned the National League wild card and will face off in the Championship Series. Regardless of where either team finishes, the lower-seeded teams from the Wild Card Series, Division Series, and Championship Series will meet in the World Series. With all of the favorites with 100+ regular season wins eliminated, the wildcard storm is set to continue all the way to the World Series. The 2023 World Series (best-of-seven) will begin on April 28.


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