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OPINION: 2023 MLB Playoffs

The Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play against one another in the 2023 World Series.

For baseball enthusiasts, the coming of fall means only one thing: The MLB playoffs are in full swing. The October classic, as it is affectionately known, is a spectacle of unpredictability and heroics that captivate fans across the nation.

This year, the playoffs have been nothing short of exhilarating. From walk-off home runs to nail-biting extra innings, the postseason showcases provided a true sense of baseball, a game where anything can happen. It’s a time when players become legends, and underdogs defy the odds.

The drama began in the Wild Card round, where teams fought tooth and nail for a coveted spot in the Division series. The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers opened the first round of the National League Wild Card series. The Diamondbacks defeated the Brewers 2–0 in a three-game series. The Philadelphia Phillies faced off against the Miami Marlins in the other Wild Card series. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 2–0.

On the other side of the bracket in the American League, the Minnesota Twins faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Twins defeated the Blue Jays 2–0. The Texas Rangers faced off against the Tampa Bay Rays in the last Wild Card matchup. The Rangers defeated the Rays 2–0.

In the American League division series, the stage was set for thrilling showdowns. The Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 3–1 in a five-game series. In a stunning upset, the Texas Rangers defeated one of the best teams in the MLB this last off-season, the Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers defeated the Orioles in a 3–0 sweep.

In the National League division series, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their winning form and swept the Los Angeles Dodgers 3–0 to advance to the National League Championship series. The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves 3–1, allowing them to advance to the NLCS against the Diamondbacks..

The playoffs reminded us that baseball can be an unpredictable sport. Both championship series were brought to seven games. Defying all odds, the Texas Rangers defeated the favored Houston Astros 4–3, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the favored Philadelphia Phillies 4–3.

The Texas Rangers are heading to the World Series, making this their third World Series appearance in franchise history. The last World Series the Texas Rangers were in was against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. The Rangers lost to the Cardinals.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are heading to the World Series for the first time in 22 years. In the 2001 World Series, the Diamondbacks beat the New York Yankees with two extra inning games, and a comeback in the ninth inning of the seventh game.

The first two games of the 2023 World Series have provided baseball fans with a thrilling spectacle of skill and determination. In the first game, the Texas Rangers narrowly edged out the Arizona Diamondbacks, with a walk-off home run from Adolis García in the 11th inning securing a dramatic 6–5 victory. However, the Diamondbacks came back strong in the second game, winning with a resounding 9–1 victory to even the series.

The action now shifts to Arizona for the third game, where the anticipation is at its peak. With both teams showcasing their strength and resilience, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top in the pivotal third game, setting the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable seven-game World Series showdown.

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Collyn Cowles
Collyn Cowles, Sports editor

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