8:03PM EST: Diamondbacks Moneyline -110 (3 Units)
This series is tied up 1-1 but the Diamondbacks have been the better team. They lost game one when closer Paul Sewald blew a 2 run save. Those 2 runs cost us our Under but were the first runs he's allowed throughout the post-season. Arizona then smoked Texas 9-1 in Game 2 on the back of Merril Kelly's 7 inning Gem. It also allowed Arizona's big 3 (Thompson, Ginkel, and Sewald) to take the night off. They're working on 2 days rest. Nobody in the Arizona's bullpen has thrown in both games.
Rangers are starting Max Scherzer. He had his worst regular season since 2011 before getting injured leading up to the playoffs. He made his return for the divisional round and gave up 7 runs across 6.2 IP. He allowed 5ER on 4IP throwing 63 pitches in his first start and 2ER on 2.2IP throwing 44 pitches in his second. He hasn't had the ability to stretch his arm out and has now been terrible in each of his last 3 post-season starts. He made a playoff start for the Mets last year and allowed 7ER on 4.2 IP. Still, it's Max Scherzer and he's put together reputable starts this year. Even if he can put it together it's going to be difficult for him to go very deep and this Rangers bullpen is not very good. Chapman and LeClerc are really the only 2 arms Bochy can truly feel confident in.
Arizona is going with Rookie Brandon Pfaadt. He's put it all together at the right time and has pitched phenomenally. He's allowed just 2ER in his past 3 post-season starts combined. He got the start in Game 7 against Philly and delivered. He also started game 3 of that series when ARI was down 2-0 in the series and delivered. The moment hasn't been too big and his last start against Philly could have exploded on him. 4th inning, had already given up 2 runs, men on the corners... Strikeout, Walk, Strikeout. Some ice coursing through those young Veins. He's also pitching at Home, where he has yet to allow a run and surrendered just 4 hits across 10IP in 2 starts this post-season. That stadiums only going to be more fired up than they were in the wildcard and divisional round.