Fate rests on the shoulders of the ‘Autumn Man’.
The Texas Rangers will play Game 6 of the 2023 Major League Baseball Postseason American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, USA, on the 23rd (Korean time).
Texas showed great momentum early in the postseason. They faced the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card Series. Tampa Bay had a good record of 99 wins and 63 losses this season, but fell behind Baltimore in the Eastern Division rankings and advanced to the postseason at No. 1 in the wild card. It was a strong team. However, Texas won with two wins and advanced to the division series.
The opponent Texas faced in the division series was Baltimore. Baltimore succeeded in rebuilding this season and finished the regular season with 101 wins and 61 losses. Ranked first overall in the American League. However, Texas showed tremendous momentum and won three consecutive games against Baltimore, confirming their advancement to the ALCS.
In the ALCS, the ‘Lone Star Series’ was held against Houston. The storm in Texas continued. They won both the first and second games held on the road. They won 7 straight games in the postseason.
However, the ‘defending champion’ Houston’s counterattack was also strong. Houston won games 3 to 5 held at Texas’ home Globe Life Field. In particular, in Game 5, Texas turned the game around with Jose Altuve’s 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning, leading 4-2. The series record was also overturned.
Texas must win both remaining games to advance to the World Series. And Nathan Evaldi will be the starting pitcher for Game 6.스포츠토토
Ivaldi is a ‘big game feature’ who showed strong performance in the postseason. He pitched in a total of 14 games (9 starts), went 7-3, pitched 62⅔ innings, struck out 65, had an ERA of 2.87, and WHIP (on-base percentage allowed per inning) of 0.94.
This season, he appeared in three games and became the winning pitcher in all of them, recording an ERA of 2.29 and a WHIP of 0.86 with 24 strikeouts in 19⅔ innings. In Game 2 of the ALCS held on the 17th, he pitched well in 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (3 earned), 5 hits (2 home runs), 1 walk out, 9 strikeouts.
Ibaldi must repeat the good performance from Game 2 in Game 6. On the 22nd, Major League Baseball’s official website ‘MLB.com’ reported, “Ivaldi took the opportunity to prove his mettle again. He said he is ready to adapt after winning the second game.”
I felt like I was a little off mechanically in that game. I think I’ve adapted,” Ivaldi said. “Hopefully I can get a little more control and leave everything for that game.”
“Obviously, the pitchers are going to pitch a little bit differently depending on how aggressive the Houston players are,” he said. “That’s what the pitcher prepares for, that’s what the pitcher prepares for.”