MLB Picks: World Series Game 1

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In a season against all MLB odds, the Arizona Diamondbacks are set to clash with the Texas Rangers for the 2023 World Series game one. The Diamondbacks and Rangers, both leaping from 74 wins in 2022, made a dramatic entrance, securing 84 and 90 wins this year, respectively. Their journey to the World Series saw both teams clawing back from a 3-2 deficit, demonstrating they belong on the biggest stage in baseball. 



Spread: Diamondbacks +1.5 (-150), Rangers -1.5 (+130) 

Moneyline: Diamondbacks +135, Rangers -155 

Total: O 8.5, (-110), U 8.5 (-110) 


Diamondbacks’ Surprising Surge

MLB Player Ketel MarteArizona has surprised everyone, from leading the NL West Division to rallying their way into the playoffs. Their journey saw them sweeping past the Brewers, and outclassing the favored Dodgers. The Phillies seemed set to end their dream, especially after a strong start in the NLCS. Yet, the Diamondbacks rose, clinching a spot in the World Series for the first time since 2001. With key players like Ketel Marte and promising rookie Corbin Carroll in top form, coupled with their bullpen’s impressive 2.94 ERA in the postseason, the Diamondbacks are a force to reckon with.

Yet, the spotlight on Friday will be on the Diamondbacks’ ace righty, Zac Gallen. Despite an outstanding regular season, Gallen’s postseason hasn’t been stellar. He’ll need to revert to his regular-season form if the Diamondbacks aim for a victory without exhausting their bullpen.


Rangers’ Remarkable Resurgence

MLB Player Adolis GarcíaThe Rangers’ journey was equally rocky. Under the guidance of three-time World Series-winning manager Bruce Bochy, and despite losing key players like Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer, Texas held their ground. Their resilience talent when they overcame a 3-2 series deficit against Houston, propelling them to their first World Series since 2011. Key players, relentless hitting, and the dominant pitching duo of Nathan Eovaldi and Jordan Montgomery have boosted their MLB Lines.

For the opener, the Rangers have entrusted their fate to Nathan Eovaldi. His track record in the 2023 MLB playoffs speaks volumes, boasting an 8-3 record and a 2.57 ERA across his postseason career. It’s a matchup to watch as Eovaldi’s dominant form takes center stage.



Although this World Series isn’t what many expected, it promises to be greatly entertaining. The Rangers and Diamondbacks have shown significant improvements, especially in their bullpen performance. However, there are concerns over Gallen’s form for Arizona. Meanwhile, Eovaldi is riding a wave of postseason success and his track record in October is impressive. Coupled with the Rangers’ deep-hitting lineup featuring players like Corey Seager, Evan Carter, Josh Jung, and Adolis Garcia, the scales tip in their favor. 

For those placing their bets on BUSR: the smart money is on the Rangers for game one to cover the spread.