All eyes will be on Arlington this Friday, as the Arizona Diamondbacks face the Texas Rangers in Game One of a World Series matchup that nobody saw coming. Whilst the Rangers’ presence in the final is reasonably surprising, absolutely nobody expected the Diamondbacks to make it this far.
If you are interested in the baseball betting odds on Game One of the World Series, you will love this article. Our baseball writers have studied the form book and assessed the key stats in order to bring you their exclusive prediction.
The Arizona Diamondbacks entered the 2023 MLB season as rank outsiders. Nevertheless, they defied expectations to squeeze into the postseason as the National League’s sixth seed wild card.
Having made the playoffs, the Diamondbacks then brushed aside both the Milwaukee Brewers and LA Dodgers on their way to the National League Championship. A tight contest with the Phillies saw Arizona go 3-2 behind, before rallying to win the final two games and book a first World Series appearance since 2001.
Unlike the Diamondbacks, the Rangers have never won a World Series. But this World Series represents their best ever chance to end that drought. After coming into the playoffs as the American League’s fifth seed, the Rangers have hit a rich run of form.
They trounced both the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles 4-0, before defying the odds to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 in the American League final. If they can replicate that form against the Diamondbacks, their long wait for a title could finally be over.
Friday will be the 47th meeting between the two sides, and the first in the postseason. The Texas Rangers hold a four game lead in the overall head to head. However, there were four meetings during the 2023 regular season, and Arizona emerged victorious in three of those games.
Most baseball betting apps have the Arizona Diamondbacks as outsiders for Game One. They can be backed at around +163 for the win. The Rangers are slight favorites for the win and are available at around -163.
Our sports betting bonus tip for the game is for the Diamondbacks to go one up in the series. While they are slight underdogs, they have an incredible amount of momentum behind them and will be on a huge high after their incredible win over the Phillies.
Of course, the Rangers will also go into the game with confidence, but they will be feeling the pressure of being the favorites, plus the fact that they are chasing that elusive first World Series title. As such, we are recommending a small wager on an Arizona victory.
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