3. Nate Eovaldi
Speaking of quality pitchers, we need to give Eovaldi his due as well.
You typically need two aces to get through October, since each one can only start twice at most during a seven-game series. We already covered Montgomery's exploits above, but Eovaldi was essentially the Robin to his Batman.
Eovaldi already had a reputation as a big-game pitcher coming into this series, and he didn't disappoint. He followed up Montgomery's Game 1 gem with one of his own in Game 2, holding Houston to 3 runs and racking up 9 strikeouts over 6 innings as Texas won.
The stakes were much higher in Eovaldi's next start, however, which came in Game 6. The Rangers had to win or go home, and Eovaldi was up to the challenge. The veteran righty was even better this time around, delivering 6 1/3 innings of 2-run ball as Texas won again.
Eovaldi has been sensational this entire postseason, going 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26 innings. Three of those wins have come on the road, too, making his performance even more impressive.
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