The Texas Rangers are World Series champions for the first time in franchise history, having just completed one of the more impressive and surprising title runs in recent memory. The Rangers defeated Arizona 5-0 in Game 5.
Texas proves plenty of teams can win the title next year. Eleven teams finished within five games of the 90–72 Rangers this year, and this team became the ninth different outfit to win a ring in the last 10 years, with only Houston doubling up. I’ll be bolder and say there are 20 that could win it in 2024. That’s just a good product.
The Braves are already 2024 favorites because of course they are.
In the span of three innings, the Texas Rangers went from landing on the wrong side of a no-hitter to celebrating the first World Series title in franchise history.
The Rangers’ first world championship certainly belongs to Coresy Seager and Marcus Semien, who after the 2021 season accepted the organization’s $500 million invitation to join the club and put the reconstruction that then-president of baseball operations Jon Daniels had undertaken into overdrive. And to Sborz, who was the team’s best reliever all month, limiting the Rangers’ playoff opponents to one run on four hits and four walks in 12 innings, striking out 13.
Semien hit .407 with an OPS of 1.151 and only one strikeout in 31 plate appearances.