Updated October 25, 2023By Dean Etheridge
It’s locked in. The Texas Rangers will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2023 World Series, with the first match at Globe Life Field on Friday evening. Texas (-173) go into the series as the favorites to win the title for the first time in their history. Standing in their way are the one-time winners, the Arizona Diamondbacks (+153). In our latest MLB betting picks, we look ahead to the opening match on Friday and the futures market to win the biggest prize in Baseball.
What; 2023 MLB World Series Match One
Who; Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Where; Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
When; Friday, October 27th, 2023
Time; 8.03 p.m. ET
The Rangers secured their place on Monday, and the Diamondbacks got the job completed on Tuesday. Both franchises needed the complete seven matches to win their respective Championship Series, and both had to come from behind to pull off stunning wins.
Texas completed their series win over the defending champions, the Houston Astros, with a spectacular 11-4 win in Houston in the deciding match. As for Arizona, they went to Philadelphia and won the seventh match 4-2 on Tuesday to lock in their spot in the season-ending finale.
This was the first time in Major League Baseball history that both franchises have won their final two road trips to clinch a place in the World Series finals.
Betting to win the 2023 MLB World Series
In the betting to win the World Series outright, Texas Rangers lead the way. The best MLB World Series betting sites make the Rangers their -173 favorites to win the top prize for the first time in their history. The Arizona Diamondbacks are +153 to add the 2023 title to the one they won in 2001 under the leadership of Bob Brenly.
In the betting to win the opening match of the World Series, the best MLB betting sites are again favoring the Rangers. Texas is -165 to win on the money line, with the Diamondbacks at +151.
Moving onto the handicap spread. With the 1.5-point advantage, the Diamondbacks are -148. Texas is +128 to cover the spread. The total runs scored market is -105 for over 8.5 and -115 for under 8.5.
More odds are available on our MLB betting table. You will find more information about the betting sites we use for our odds on our best online sportsbook reviews page.
Texas win the ALCS
What a series the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros was. Texas started like a house on fire and rushed into a 2-0 series lead, winning both matches at Minute Maid Park. The Astros didn’t win the 2022 World Series by accident, and they fought back like true champions, winning three matches in a row to go into a 3-2 series lead.
Could the Rangers fight back again? It wasn’t looking good for them at this stage. Especially with matches six and seven due to take place in Houston. Remarkably, the Rangers won match six 9-2 and then completed a stunning comeback by winning the deciding match 11-4.
In what was an extraordinary series, all seven matches were won by the team on the road.
Arizona stun the Phillies
Yes, as the tweet says, the chaos continues, and Arizona is heading to its first MLB World Series since 2001. This will be their second appearance in the Fall Classic. Having won the World Series in their only-ever appearance against the Yankees 22 years ago.
This was another stunning series. The Phillies looked certain to win after they raced into a 2-0 series lead from their home-field advantage. This included a 10-0 win in the second match. Arizona fought back and leveled the series winning matches three (2-1) and four (6-5).
The Phillies stamped their authority on the series and won the fifth match 6-1 in Arizona, in what looked like the killer blow. With two home matches to come, the series was Philadelphia’s to lose.
But, Arizona had other ideas and won match six 5-1 and the final match 4-2 to stun the Phillies and take their place in the finals.
The Rangers have the better record coming into the World Series final. Texas was the No.5 seed in the AL and finished the regular season with a 90-72 record. They only finished second to the Astros in the AL West on an inferior head-to-head record.
The Diamondbacks were the No.6 seed in the NL, finishing their regular season with an 84-78 record, leaving them second in the NL West, 16 wins behind the LA Dodgers.
Between the two franchises, their 174 combined wins are the fewest between two teams in a World Series final.
The Rangers have been the better team throughout the year. And we feel they have more X-factor players like Adolis Garcia that should prove the difference. We are making the Rangers our pick to win the 2023 World Series.
Texas RangersTo win 2023 MLB World Series
Onto our opening match betting pick, and Texas lost all their home matches in the ALCS but somehow won through. A run of defeats like that has to end if they are to win the World Series. When Texas has won recently, they have won big, so we are backing them to win the opening match and cover the spread.
Texas Rangers (-1.5)To win match one of the World Series
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