The Texas Rangers took a 2-1 series in the World Series on Monday after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Runs few were and far between in this 3-1 contest, especially for Arizona as Texas' pitching staff quieted the opposing bats.
There's a few players who deserve big praise for helping the Rangers retake the series lead, while some didn't contribute much. With that in mind, here is Texas' studs and duds from Game 3.
Rangers Studs and Duds World Series Game 3
Stud: Corey Seager
The Rangers opened the third inning with a big opportunity to put their first runs on the board after Brandon Lowe's leadoff double. Marcus Semien ended up hitting a two-out single to plate Lowe, giving his club the 1-0 lead.
Corey Seager, however, made sure Texas' positive momentum wasn't wasted right after. He blasted a two-run homer to right field, making the margin even wider for the D-Backs to come back from.
Considering Arizona did finally get a run on the board in the bottom of the eighth, there's not telling how this contest would've played out if Seager didn't step up in this moment. A 1-0 deficit would've gave the NL champions plenty of confidence they could get right back into the ballgame with ease; a 3-0, deficit, meanwhile, made things that much tougher.
Seager is clearly dialed in this series, as we can't forget his game-tying HR in Game 1 that paved the way for the Rangers' extra-inning victory. With two clutch plays already, the shortstop already has a strong case to win his second World Series MVP.