Arizona hasn’t been in the World Series since 2001, when the Diamondbacks earned the World Series in seven games against the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers last made the World Series in 2011. In that series, the Rangers fell short of being champions.
We could’ve had a sequel to last year’s World Series. However, the Rangers and Diamondbacks found ways to earn massive wins on the road in Game 7.
Heading into the World Series, the Rangers are favorites to win the World Series at a -170 series price. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are sitting at +140 to win the World Series.
In Game 1, the oddsmakers are giving Texas the advantage. The Rangers are at -160, with the Diamondbacks at +147. However, the total for Game 1 is currently 8.5, with the Under juiced to -115.
Here’s a look at the Diamondbacks vs Rangers odds for a Game 1 of the World Series
Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
Line: Rangers -160/Diamondbacks +147
Paul Sewald’s Clutch Genes
The difference in the NLCS was the bullpen.
The Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen stayed composed in the biggest moments, on the road, despite being down 3-2 in the NLCS.
The Diamondbacks made some significant trades at the MLB Trade Deadline. However, no move was bigger than the addition of Paul Seawald.
Sewald has thrown eight innings in the postseason and hasn’t allowed a run. He also earned the save in Game 7 to push Arizona into the World Series.
Unlike Philadelphia’s Craig Kimbrel, Sewald rarely gave Arizona fans palpitations. He’s been electric throughout the series. It’s crucial to have someone you can rely on to finish games.
Arizona has one of the best closers in the game.
It’s Adolis Garcia’s World
Adolis Garcia might be 30 years old. However, his rookie season was only in 2021, when he hit 31 home runs. That’s when he burst onto the scene with the Rangers.
In 2022, he knocked 27 home runs in 156 games. But this season, he smacked 39 home runs with 107 RBIs. He also hit an OPS of .836 and had a WAR of 4.2.
The third-year starter has already hit 90 regular season home runs and is just one RBI away from 300 through 477 games played in the MLB.
Everyone knew about Garcia coming into the postseason. But he’s taken it up a notch most recently.
Garcia finished the ALCS with five home runs in four games and pushed the Rangers past the Astros in seven games. He also added 15 RBIs in the series against the Astros in just 27 at-bats.
After his production, he earned the MVP of the ALCS and set the record for RBIs in a postseason series with 15. He’s also got a streak of four consecutive games with a home run and became the first player with RBIs in six straight games within a postseason series.
Adolis Garcia has clutch genetics.
Check out our Diamondbacks vs Rangers odds for Game 1 of the World Series.
⚾ Game 1 ⚾
Friday, 8:07 p.m. ET
Zac Gallen vs. Nathan Eovaldi
Gallen Slated For Game 1
Before Game 7 of the NLCS, the Diamondbacks acknowledged that Zac Gallen would be available out of the bullpen if needed.
However, he wasn’t needed. The Arizona bullpen was dominant, allowing Arizona to hold Gallen from pitching in Game 7.
Therefore, he’ll likely get the start in Game 1 of the World Series.
Gallen faced the Rangers twice this season. He allowed only four earned runs in 12 innings while giving up 14 hits, no walks, and 17 strikeouts.
In the postseason, Gallen has already thrown 22.1 innings in four games. However, his last two starts have resulted in an Arizona loss. The ace pitcher looked good in his first two games against the Brewers and Dodgers. However, he allowed nine earned runs in his last 11 innings against the Phillies.
He hasn’t gone a game in the postseason without allowing under two runs in a start. Although he finished with a 3.47 ERA and 220 strikeouts, Gallen hasn’t been at the top of his game in the postseason.
The right-hander has struggled with lefties over the last 30 days, allowing a .259 ISO and wOBA of .407. Batters like Corey Seager and Evan Carter have potential against Gallen.
Is Nathan Eovaldi Real?
Nathan Eovaldi will likely take the hill for the Rangers in Game 1 of the World Series. The right-hander has thrown in 15 games in the playoffs throughout his career and has a 2.87 ERA with a .97 WHIP.
He was made for the playoffs.
Through four games this season, Eovaldi has thrown at least six innings in every start and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any game. Therefore, this year, he’s had four quality starts in four postseason games.
In 26 innings, Eovaldi has struck out 28 batters and has only walked four. He’s also given up 21 hits and seven runs against 104 batters and has a postseason ERA of 2.42 this year.
His strikeout rate dipped in his last game, but he’s also struck out at least seven batters in three of four games in October.
Arizona strikes out much more against righties than lefties. Therefore, Eovaldi will have plenty of opportunities to deliver strikeouts against the Diamondbacks’ offense in this game.
In the Game 1 Diamondbacks vs Rangers odds, the Rangers are solid favorites at -160. Anything can happen in the MLB Playoffs. But on paper, the Rangers have the better matchups in Game 1.
Eovaldi has few flaws, while Gallen has really struggled against lefties. Texas has a few lefties hitting righties at a high rate over the last month. Our MLB score predictions have the Rangers topping the Diamondbacks 5-2.
The moneyline at -160 isn’t super juiced. But you can get -1.5 for the Rangers at plus money (+130) if you want a riskier bet. Any line for the Rangers has value, but the MLB lines against the spread (the run line) at -1.5 (+130) is easily the best value bet with Eovaldi on the mound.
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