Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees 9/25/2023 – Major League Baseball’s final week kicks off with a rain-makeup game between the Arizona Diamondbacks (82-73) and the New York Yankees (78-77). This matchup also marks the last 2023 MLB game to be played at Yankee Stadium. With both teams eager to secure a win before heading out of town, the first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT. Having split the first two games, this contest serves as a rubber match. Let’s dive into what each team brings to this Monday afternoon showdown. The MLB betting odds today are leaning towards the Diamondbacks to secure yet another victory.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees 9/25/2023
|When:||Monday, September 25, 1: 05 PM ET|
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— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 24, 2023
Sunday’s victory was pivotal for the Arizona Diamondbacks, as it kept them 0.5 games ahead of the Cubs in the race for the NL’s second wild-card spot. In essence, their lead is 1.5 games due to their tiebreak advantage over the Cubs. However, they face a real challenge from the Marlins, who, although trailing, won the season series against Arizona.
The Diamondbacks’ recent success, winning six of their last seven games, shares a common thread—scoring at least six runs in each victory. While their offense experienced a lull in the second half of the season, it seems to be heating up at just the right moment. The Diamondbacks thrive on contact and speed, ranking fourth in strikeout rate and stolen bases. Their stolen base success rate is second-best in MLB, and they also rank fifth in xBA (Expected Batting Average). With a .253 team batting average (13th), .323 OBP (16th), and .413 slugging percentage (16th), they present a competitive offensive unit.
Players to watch: Christian Walker 1B (GP 151, AB 559, R 82, H 146, 2B 36, 3B 1, HR 31, RBI 97, TB 277, BB 60, SO 121, SB 10, AVG 0.261, OBP 0.336, SLG 0.496, OPS 0.831, WAR 3.7, Ketel Marte 2B (GP 144, AB 552, R 91, H 154, 2B 26, 3B 9, HR 24, RBI 80, TB 270, BB 67, SO 106, SB 7, AVG 0.279, OBP 0.36, SLG 0.489, OPS 0.849, WAR 4.8
New York Yankees
Sunday officially marked the end of the New York Yankees’ postseason hopes. Monday offers fans the chance to bid farewell to a team that has been one of the most disappointing Bronx Bombers squads in recent memory. The primary culprit for their struggles has been an offense that relies heavily on home runs and walks but falters in other facets. The Yankees’ subpar baserunning performance is evident in almost every statistical category, and their team batting average of .226 ranks second-lowest in the league. They also sit 21st in strikeout rate, with under 4.00 runs per game in September and a 24th-place ranking in season run-scoring.
The New York offers the Diamondbacks an extra opportunity to gain ground. The key will be whether Merrill Kelly and his teammates can secure another road win. Kelly’s recent outings have seen two rocky performances where he conceded seven runs. In contrast, he allowed only three runs in his other four starts. It’s worth noting that those two rough outings occurred on the road, where Kelly holds a 4.10 ERA. His mission will be to avoid a similar fate and keep the Diamondbacks in contention by improving their September record to 4-1.
Clarke Schmidt Aims to Shine in Final 2023 Start for Yankees Despite Recent Struggles
On the bright side, New York’s pitching has held steady despite numerous injuries. Clarke Schmidt, in particular, has emerged as a legitimate starting pitcher this season. His focus in Monday’s game will be to conclude the 2023 season on a high note after a string of starts where he allowed at least three runs in five consecutive outings, including three home runs over the past two. Schmidt boasts a better home record with a 4.14 ERA, and he aims to solidify that performance in Monday’s game. If he falters, the Yankees can fall back on a strong bullpen.
Players to watch: Gleyber Torres 2B (GP 152, AB 574, R 85, H 155, 2B 27, 3B 2, HR 25, RBI 66, TB 261, BB 63, SO 95, SB 13, AVG 0.27, OBP 0.342, SLG 0.455, OPS 0.797, WAR 2.8, Anthony Volpe SS (GP 153, AB 520, R 61, H 108, 2B 22, 3B 4, HR 21, RBI 60, TB 201, BB 51, SO 161, SB 24, AVG 0.208, OBP 0.284, SLG 0.387, OPS 0.67, WAR 3.2
Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees Betting Numbers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games.
Arizona are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
Diamondbacks is 7-3 SU in their last 10 games against NY Yankees.
Arizona are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Arizona’s last 10 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees.
Arizona are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games against an opponent in the American League.
New York Yankees
NY Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’ last 7 games against Arizona.
NY Yankees are 6-12 SU in their last 18 games at home.
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees’ last 10 games when playing at home against Arizona.
NY Yankees are 5-11 SU in their last 16 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees’ last 6 games against an opponent in the National League West Division.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees Betting Picks
In a series that has seen the Diamondbacks muster just five hits in the first game and bounce back with a commanding 7-1 victory in the second, Monday’s rubber match promises intrigue. Arizona’s starting pitcher, Merrill Kelly, holds a 12-7 record with a 3.37 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 165.2 innings across 28 starts this year. Although he has experienced some inconsistency, particularly on the road, Kelly aims to secure a win that will help the Diamondbacks in their postseason quest.
The Yankees, on the other hand, are officially eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2016. Their starting pitcher, Clarke Schmidt, has displayed promise but is looking to bounce back from a series of challenging outings. Schmidt’s 9-9 record comes with a 4.65 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 151.0 innings pitched over 31 games (30 starts). Despite his recent struggles, he holds a better ERA at home, giving the Yankees hope for a strong performance on Monday.
Diamondbacks vs. Yankees in Final MLB Game of 2023 at Yankee Stadium
In this Monday afternoon clash, both teams have much to prove. The Diamondbacks seek to maintain their postseason position, while the Yankees aim to close a disappointing season on a positive note. Baseball fans are in for an exciting showdown.
As these two teams prepare for the final game of their series and the last MLB contest at Yankee Stadium in 2023, the stakes are high. Each team’s performance will determine their place in the season’s final stretch, and fans can expect an afternoon filled with thrilling moments and intense competition. Take the Diamondbacks to win this game and cover the spread as per the MLB betting odds on the best sports betting website.
Score Prediction: Diamondbacks 6, Yankees 2.