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Diamondbacks vs. Rangers 2023 World Series Game 1 Odds and Preview

By Hank Blaine

Two of the longest shots on the board right before the MLB Postseason began throw down on Friday night in Game 1 of the 2023 World Series. Underdog Arizona got by defending NLCS titlist Philadelphia and heads to Arlington, Texas to take on the Rangers. The Rangers beat one of the favorites to win the Fall Classic, the Houston Astros. Which dog continues their dream MLB title run with a Game 1 victory? Check out 2023 World Series odds, analysis, and free picks for Game 1 between the Arizona D’Backs and the Texas Rangers.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers 2023 World Series Game 1 Information

  • When: Friday, October 27, 2023, 8:03 PM ET
  • Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  • TV: FOX
  • Radio: KMVP Arizona Sports 98.7 (Diamondbacks) // 105.3 KRLD-FM The Fan (Rangers)
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Odds: Diamondbacks (+132) // Rangers (-164)

Why bet on the Arizona Diamondbacks?

Zona manager Torey Lovullo is the best in MLB at making mid-series changes. The D’Backs lost the first 2 National League Championship Series games, falling 5-3 and then 10-0.

At that point, many MLB analysts were predicting a Phillies’ sweep. But Zona bounced back with close 2-1 and 6-5 victories before losing Game 5 via a 6-1 score.

Lovullo made the necessary adjustments to not only beat Philadelphia on the road in Game 6 and Game 7 but to win easily, 5-1 in Game 6 and 4-2 in Game 7.

Lovullo will make the right moves in the middle of Game 1. The D’Backs’ manager always starts with a script but he never hesitates to go off script if required.

Why bet on the Texas Rangers?

The Texas Rangers are 4-0 in Nathan Eovaldi’s last 4 starts. Eovaldi hasn’t thrown like Sandy Koufax in the 1965 World Series, but he has been spot on when he has to be.

Eovaldi knows how to get himself out of a jam, which is the most important requirement for a starting pitcher to have success in the postseason. Nathan did so in a couple of starts versus the Houston Astros.

In World Series Game 1, we should expect Eovaldi to produce a lights out performance. It could be good enough for the Rangers to get by the D’Backs.

Diamondbacks vs. Rangers Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 4-1 SU in the last 5 games.
  • Diamondbacks are 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road.
  • The total went under in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games.
  • Texas is 9-3 SU in the last 12 games.
  • Rangers are 2-7 SU in its last 9 games against an opponent in the National League.
  • The total went over in 5 of Texas’ last 6 games.

Diamondbacks vs. Rangers 2023 World Series Game 1 Betting Prediction

There are reasons to like both teams to score a Game 1 victory. But although Nathan Eovaldi has more postseason experience, Zac Gallen has more experience against the Rangers’ batting lineup than Eovaldi does against Arizona’s lineup.

Gallen has held Texas to a .256 team ERA from 86 at-bats. Eovaldi has never faced Gabriel Moreno, Ketel Marte, the NLCS MVP, Geraldo Perdomo, Alek Thomas, or projected NL Rookie of the Year Corbin Carroll.

Without having faced those players, the Rangers’ starter is at a disadvantage. Not only that, but Gallen mustn’t go too deep for AZ to win this. Texas will struggle to get hits, much less runs, against Zona’s terrific bullpen. D’Backs get it done.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.