MLB Picks: World Series Game #3
The MLB World Series pitch is heating up, with the Arizona Diamondbacks hosting the next three games after a split start with the Texas Rangers. As the Diamondbacks made a stunning comeback after a game one defeat, all eyes are now on game three, which promises another edge-of-the-seat showdown.
BUSR MLB Lines
Spread: Rangers -1.5 (+145), Diamondbacks +1.5 (-170)
Moneyline: Rangers -115, Diamondbacks -105
Total: O 9.5 (+100), U 9.5 (-120)
The Rangers must be feeling a mix of relief and caution as they set foot in Arizona. Their dramatic comeback win in game one was nothing short of a spectacle, marked by Corey Seager’s game-changing home run and Adolis Garcia’s 11th-inning walk-off shot. However, game two was a complete reversal. Merrill Kelly’s extraordinary pitching for the Diamondbacks left the Rangers’ bats largely silent, culminating in a 9-1 victory for Arizona. Despite this, the Rangers carry a perfect 8-0 away record into the playoffs, making game three all the more intriguing.
For the pivotal third game, the Rangers are banking on veteran righty Max Scherzer. Once an absolute powerhouse, age, and a recent shoulder issue have somewhat dimmed Scherzer’s shine, his postseason stats reflect this, recording an ERA of 9.45 in two starts. With only 6.2 innings under his belt this postseason and a tendency to allow runs, it’s doubtful Scherzer will be the linchpin for a long stretch in the game.
On the flip side, Arizona is flying high on confidence. Gabriel Moreno’s home run further accentuated Merrill Kelly’s brilliance on the mound, Tommy Pham’s flawless hitting, and Ketel Marte’s record-setting postseason streak. With the series evenly poised, Arizona will now trust the young Brandon Pfaadt. Despite a shaky regular season, Pfaadt has been a revelation in the playoffs, maintaining a commendable ERA of 2.70 across four starts. His ability to hold his nerve, as seen in the critical innings against Philadelphia, might just be the difference-maker.
Arizona’s task is indeed monumental – they aim to be the first to defeat the Rangers away this postseason. While the Rangers boast an impeccable away record, Arizona’s 3-1 home stats in the postseason, coupled with their recent momentum, suggest an intense battle ahead and MLB Odds show that. The Diamondbacks have consistently shown their offensive prowess, especially at home, which might prove challenging for Scherzer, given his recent form. Moreover, with Pfaadt’s remarkable strikeout rate and no runs allowed at home in the playoffs, the odds seem to tilt in Arizona’s favor.
For those placing their bets, it might be wise to side with the hosts. Arizona to cover the spread seems like the way to go for game three!