With just two years and $34 million in guaranteed money, can Nathan Eovaldi, 33, give the Texas Rangers their first World Series appearance in 12 years?
Texas will host the Houston Astros in a best-of-seven American League Championship Series (ALCS) beginning on April 16.
Previously, Texas entered the postseason as the No. 2 wild card, defeating the 99-win regular season Tampa Bay Rays in two games in the AL Wild Card Deciding Game (ALWC).
Texas then swept a three-game series against the 101-win Eastern Division champion Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series (ALDS).
Riding high on their momentum, Texas now faces Houston, a team that repeatedly kicked their asses in the regular season. A win here would send them to the World Series for the first time since 2011.
An anchor on the Texas mound, Iboldi pitched 144 innings in 25 regular-season games, posting a 12-5 record and a 3.63 ERA.
He was considered a Cy Young candidate at one point last season, but injuries derailed his performance. However, Iboldi used a six-game stretch in September as a rehab assignment.
As if to prove it, he pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the ALWC and 7 innings of one-run ball in the ALDS. He earned the win in both games.먹튀검증
Before he was sidelined with an injury, Iboldi threw a stellar seven-hit shutout against Houston in early July.
Texas will be hoping for more of the same from Iboldi, who is scheduled to start Game 2 on Sunday. His opponent will be left-hander Framber Valdes.
Despite being on a small contract, Iboldi has performed admirably through the regular season and two postseason games. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the ALCS against Houston.