The Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers will face off in the 2023 World Series, with Game 1 set for Friday October 27, at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers will be seeking their first-ever World Series title after losing the Fall Classic in 2010 and 2011. The Diamondbacks won the World Series in the franchise’s only previous appearance in 2001.
Texas finished the regular season with a record of 90-72. During the postseason, the Rangers have gone 9-3 with sweeps over Tampa Bay and Baltimore, followed by a seven-game series win over Houston.
Arizona went 84-78 during the regular season and also 9-3 in the postseason.
The Diamondbacks gained upset sweeps over the Brewers and Dodgers before edging the Phillies in seven games.
Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen is scheduled to face Nathan Eovaldi of the Rangers in Game 1. Gallen is 2-2 with a 5.24 ERA during the postseason, and Eovaldi is 4-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four postseason starts.
The Diamondbacks are third with a 3.23 ERA in the postseason, and the bullpen is sixth with a 2.94 ERA. Paul Sewald leads the Arizona pen with six saves and no earned runs allowed in eight innings. The Rangers pitching staff is fifth with a 3.67 ERA, and the bullpen has ranked eighth with a 3.72 ERA. Texas closer Jose Leclerc has recorded three saves but has allowed five earned runs in 10.1 innings.
The Rangers had the most potent offense in the postseason averaging 5.9 runs per game, and have hit 22 home runs. Texas is second in the postseason with a .265-team batting average. Corey Seager has led the way with a .483 on-base percentage, but Adolis Garcia has been the hammer with seven home runs, 20 RBI, and a .327 batting average.
|Rangers are 8-2 (80%) in run line bets in their Last 10 Games for 5.27 total units won.
The Diamondbacks are fourth averaging 4.2 runs per game, fifth with a .247 batting average and have hit 18 home runs as a team. Arizona has been balanced offensively, with five players hitting two postseason home runs.
Catcher Gabriel Moreno has led Arizona with nine RBI and is second with three home runs. Alek Thomas has a club-best four playoff home runs, and Ketel Marte leads the way with a .382 on-base percentage.
Bet Recommendation: Diamondbacks 145
The Diamondbacks are getting plus odds to win the World Series, which is a good value. The Rangers bats have been on fire, but during the regular season, the Texas offense would tend to go through some cold spells.
The Diamondbacks were not given much chance in any of their prior postseason season series, but they responded well after falling behind to the Phillies 2-0 in the NLCS. Arizona also won the head-to-head season series over Texas 3 games to 1 this season.
I will back Arizona to win their second World Series in franchise history.
Your 2023 #WorldSeries matchup is set:
— MLB (@MLB) October 25, 2023
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| Title: 2023 World Series Preview and Prediction: Diamondbacks vs Rangers
| Author: David Marotta
| Date: October 26th, 2022