Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10/30/2023 – The 2023 World Series kicked off on a spectacular note, pitting Texas Rangers against Arizona Diamondbacks in an exciting battle that left both teams tied at 1 game apiece heading into Arizona for Game 3. We can anticipate an exhilarating showdown between veteran Max Scherzer of the Texas Rangers and rising star Brandon Pfaadt of the Diamondbacks for an intense pitchers duel with the first pitch scheduled at 8:03 PM EST. The MLB World Series Betting picks are updated below as these top teams clash in an important game.
Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks 10/30/2023
|When:||Monday, October 30, 2023. 8:03 PM ET|
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The series opener saw the Rangers mount an exciting comeback, as Corey Seager hit a two-run homer and Adolis Garcia hit a walk-off blast in the 11th inning to seal an exciting comeback victory by Adolis Garcia and take home a 6-5 victory. However, Game 2 witnessed an abrupt shift as Merrill Kelly (Diamondbacks’ pitching ace) limited Rangers runs to just one run over seven innings pitched; leading his team to an emphatic 9-1 victory against Arizona.
Game 3 features Scherzer against Pfaadt as both teams hope to respond to their disappointing Game 2 results and maintain an undefeated road record in this playoff run. Meanwhile, Diamondbacks hope to capitalize on recent successes and assert themselves as leaders of this series.
Max Scherzer’s Crucial Role
Max Scherzer is a three-time Cy Young Award winner who will pitch for the Texas Rangers this afternoon. However, his journey to this point hasn’t been without challenges; due to shoulder issues he missed nearly a month at the end of last season and throughout playoffs; plus at 39 he no longer is as dominant but nonetheless remains an invaluable asset.
Scherzer has yet to fare particularly well so far in this postseason. After two starts, his ERA sits at 9.45 while only covering 6.2 innings with nine hits and seven runs allowed – two homers included. His strikeout rate stands at only 8.1 which shows his decreased efficiency as of late; due to shoulder issues he will likely only pitch within certain innings per game and therefore not last deep into each contest.
Arizona Diamondbacks will turn to 25-year-old right-hander Brandon Pfaadt as the starting pitcher for Game 3. Despite an underwhelming regular season performance, Pfaadt has emerged as a key figure for Arizona in their postseason journey; making four starts and posting an impressive 2.70 postseason ERA across those starts he delivered consistent performances throughout.
Pfaadt’s playoff statistics demonstrate his perseverance and talent. In 16.2 innings pitched so far, he has allowed only 15 hits and five earned runs while striking out 11.9 times per inning; this shows off his ability to withstand high-pressure situations. Pfaadt was instrumental in leading Arizona to three victories during postseason play–including an outstanding showing against Philadelphia.
Pfaadt may not go deep into games like Scherzer; his average playoff start last season spanned just four innings per start. Yet, his ability to perform under pressure and contribute towards team success should never be discounted.
An Epic Battle Between Offense and Defense
The Texas Rangers have made their journey through to this point remarkable with exciting comebacks and an explosive offense. Their resilience was displayed in Game 1 when they battled back to win an intensely contested encounter; however, Merrill Kelly shut down their offense completely during Game 2.
The Diamondbacks have made waves this postseason with their dominant pitching and well-rounded team play, continuing their reputation of dominance while staying balanced as a whole. Their pitching staff boasts the third-lowest team ERA at 3.23 while players like Corbin Carroll and Tommy Pham continue their consistent contributions as consistent batsmen.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas’ last 8 games.
Texas are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games.
Texas are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Arizona.
Rangers are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
Texas are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games when playing on the road against Arizona.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’ last 6 games against an opponent in the National League.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’ last 6 games against an opponent in the National League West Division
Arizona are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 7 games against Texas.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Arizona’s last 7 games at home.
Arizona are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Texas.
Arizona are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American League.
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Arizona’s last 14 games against an opponent in the American League West Division
Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Picks
As the Rangers and Diamondbacks prepare to compete in Game 3 of the World Series, an intense battle promises. Will Max Scherzer find his groove and lead his team to victory, or will Brandon Pfaadt remain outstanding and keep leading them toward glory? Only time will tell.
The 2023 World Series has already provided fans with plenty to cheer about, and more excitement awaits them in Game 3. Baseball fans from both sides eagerly anticipate the outcome of this epic battle between the Rangers and Diamondbacks – so make sure you tune in on Friday for another amazing night of Major League Baseball when the Rangers and Diamondbacks go head to head in Game 3. The recent sports betting picks are intact for the Diamondbacks to secure a victory in this game.
Score Prediction: Diamondbacks 4, Rangers 3.