Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10/21/2023 – National League Championship Series Game 5 features the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks clashing again in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. After starting strongly in Game 1, Philadelphia is looking to regain their footing after Arizona managed to even up the series at 2-2 following their remarkable Game 4 win. As fans are treated to another riveting contest between these talented squads, as they head into this crucial Game 5, the stakes have never been higher! The NLCS betting predictions are updated online as these teams clash in an exciting game.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10/21/2023
|When:||Saturday, October 20, 2023. 8:07 PM ET|
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— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 21, 2023
Philadelphia gained an early edge in this series by winning both games at their home stadium. Game 1 went their way on Monday night by winning 5-3, but Game 2 saw them outshout their opponents with an unsurpassable 10-0 performance on Tuesday evening. Arizona made an impressive comeback in Game 3, winning 2-1 in a pitchers’ duel at their home turf on Thursday afternoon. On Friday night, Arizona staged another remarkable comeback when Alex Thomas hit a two-run homer off Phillies closer Craig Kimbrel to tie the game and Gabriel Moreno later sealed it with his game-winning single to make the series tied at two wins apiece.
Phillies in a Tough Spot
After being devastated by an emotional walk-off loss in Game 4, the Phillies find themselves in an uncertain situation and must regroup in order to regain composure in order to retake control of the series lead. Philadelphia had trouble producing at the plate in Game 3, managing only three hits with no player recording more than one. Brandon Marsh recorded their only extra-base hit – a double. Additionally, Philadelphia went 0-for-4 when runners were in scoring position.
Bryce Harper scored the Phillies’ only run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning, while Ranger Suarez delivered an outstanding pitching performance, allowing no runs on three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched by him and only two walks during relief pitching by Craig Kimbrel who conceded one run on two hits with two walks and no strikeouts in 1/3 of an inning! However, Kimbrel took home the loss due to his one run allowed on two hits with two walks but no strikeouts during relief only 1/3rd of an inning pitched by Kimbrel.
Zach Wheeler to Start
As they head into Game 5, the Phillies will rely heavily on Zack Wheeler’s powerful arm in Zack Wheeler who will make his fourth start of this postseason after making 32 regular season appearances. Wheeler had an outstanding regular season, posting 13-6 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.078 WHIP, 39 walks, and 212 strikeouts over 192 innings. Since entering the postseason he has continued his success, posting two wins with 2.37 ERAs, 0.63 WHIPs, one walk-and 26 strikeouts in 19 innings played. Wheeler earned the victory in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Diamondbacks by pitching six strong innings while only allowing two runs on three hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.
Wheeler has enjoyed great success against the Diamondbacks throughout his career, boasting a 6-3 record, 2.96 ERA, 1.071% WHIP, 12 walks, and 69 strikeouts across 70 innings of work. Chase Field was particularly productive as Wheeler posted four wins with a 3.45 ERA, 1.083% WHIP, eight walks, and 44 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched there. In postseason competition he posted three victories with a 2.63 ERA, 0.695% WHIP eight Walks, and 60 strikeouts across nine starts to make an impactful contribution against Arizona.
On the other side of things, the Diamondbacks hope to capitalize on their recent successes in Games 3 and 4, which saw Ketel Marte score the game-winning RBI single before Pavin Smith and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. contributed key hits. Brandon Pfaadt turned in an outstanding performance, throwing five scoreless innings while only allowing two hits with no walks or strikeouts and nine strikeouts; Paul Sewald secured victory as a relief pitcher while later becoming crucial in helping even out this series.
Zac Gallen to Start for Arizona
Zac Gallen will take the field for Game 5 against the Diamondbacks. Gallen made 34 starts during regular season play with a 17-9 record, 3.47 ERA, 1.119 WHIP WHIP rating, 47 walks, and 220 strikeouts over 210 innings pitched. Gallen has posted an overall record of 2-1 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.531 WHIP while accruing seven walks and 12 strikeouts over 16.1 innings of postseason play. Gallen suffered his only loss in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against Philadelphia when he pitched five innings and allowed five runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Gallen has an outstanding record against the Phillies, sporting a 3-1-0 mark with a 2.22 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, nine walks allowed, and 24 strikeouts in 24.1 innings pitched. At Chase Field, Gallen has been particularly dominant, amassing a 24-13 record and posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.0477 WHIP, 87 walks, and 366 strikeouts over 54 career starts with just four walks and 12 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of play. Gallen holds a 2-1 postseason record with 4.96 ERA 1.531WHIP seven walks and 12 strikeouts over 16.1 innings pitched.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games.
Philadelphia are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games.
Philadelphia are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against Arizona.
Phillies are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games on the road.
Philadelphia are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia’s last 14 games against an opponent in the National League West Division.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Philadelphia’s last 17 games played on a Saturday.
Arizona are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Arizona’s last 18 games against Philadelphia.
Arizona are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games at home.
Arizona are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games when playing at home against Philadelphia.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Arizona’s last 15 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona’s last 5 games against an opponent in the National League East Division
Philadelphia Phillies vs Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Picks
As this series progresses, the Diamondbacks have shown their resilience by mounting comebacks in both games; but whether they can maintain that performance remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the Phillies still hold an advantage in the pitching department while their consistent batting lineup has made waves during postseason play. With Zack Wheeler returning as pitcher for Game 5, baseball fans should anticipate an intense battle as these two powerhouses bid for entry into the World Series. The free sports betting picks are leaning toward the Phillies to bounce back in this game.
Score Prediction: Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 4.