MLB Picks: World Series Game #2

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The Globe Life Field in Texas is buzzing with excitement as the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks gear up for the second face-off in their best-of-seven MLB World Series clash. After a thrilling opener which saw the Rangers emerge victorious in extra innings, the stage is set for another must-watch game on Saturday.

The opener was nothing short of a classic. Though the Diamondbacks seemed poised for a win with a 5-3 lead in the ninth inning, the Rangers displayed the reason why they’re in the World Series. A game-changing home run by Corey Seager tied the score, and later in the 11th inning, Adolis Garcia’s magnificent shot ensured a 6-5 triumph for the Rangers.

For game two, the spotlight is on Arizona’s Merrill Kelly, who boasts a 12-8 record and a 3.29 ERA. The right-handed pitcher will duel against the Rangers’ lefty Jordan Montgomery, who has a 10-11 record with a 3.20 ERA. With the first pitch scheduled for 8:03 PM EST, bettors are eager to see how the action unfolds.



Spread: Diamondbacks +0.5, Rangers -0.5 

Moneyline: Diamondbacks +125, Rangers -145 

Total: O 5 (+105), U 5 (-125) 


Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona’s hitters were particularly effective against the Rangers’ star pitcher Nate Eovaldi, knocking him out of the game after just 4.2 innings. The highlight was undoubtedly Tommy Pham’s home run. Arizona also relishes the fact that Ketel Marte has now matched the legendary Derek Jeter’s postseason-hitting streak record with 17 games. Yet, despite their potent offense, their pitching faltered in the crucial moments, especially with Paul Sewald giving away a game-tying home run in the ninth inning. However, given Kelly’s recent form, especially his 2.65 ERA in the playoffs, Arizona might just have the edge in this game.


Texas Rangers

The Rangers, on the other hand, are riding high on their home advantage. Their game-one comeback was nothing short of magical. And now, as they get ready for game two, they have Montgomery, who has been phenomenal in the postseason, boasting a 3-0 record. His ability to get ground balls with his changeup has been a key weapon for the Rangers, and this might just be the X-factor in the upcoming game.



The Diamondbacks are used to this position, they have been here before. Kelly’s remarkable form, coupled with the offense’s confidence gained from game one, might just tilt the balance in Arizona’s favor. Especially considering the much-needed rest coming up with Sunday’s off-day, their bullpen might just have the upper hand. Christian Walker and Marte, with their unique strengths, could exploit Montgomery’s changeup-heavy style. So, for those placing their bets, it might be wise to bank on Arizona leveling the series with a win on Saturday night. Go with the Diamondbacks with the +125 moneyline on BUSR’s MLB Odds