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Diamondbacks vs Rangers Game 1 of the World Series: pitchers, lineups, stats, etc.

Some will argue this isn’t a World Series between the two best teams based on the regular season. Others embrace the unpredictable and chaotic style of play

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks to the media before the 2023 World Series against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have defied the odds and clinched a spot in the World Series, leaving fans and sports analysts in awe. They managed to secure their place in the championship series, and it’s a testament to their resiliency and determination.

After falling behind 2-0 in the series, the Diamondbacks experienced a remarkable turnaround. According to their manager, Torey Lovullo, coming home was a game-changer. The team regrouped and, with a renewed sense of purpose, began to believe that they could mount a comeback. In moments like these, the true spirit of baseball shines through, where one pivotal game can turn the tide of an entire series.

The bullpen of the Diamondbacks has been outstanding, especially Gallen and Sewald, who together have pitched 17 scoreless innings. They have an impressive record of 24 strikeouts and only three walks in this postseason stretch. The reliability of the bullpen and their ability to restrict the opposing hitters have played a significant role in the team’s success.

Torey Lovullo expressed his immense pride in the organization as a whole and emphasized that success in baseball involves the efforts of everyone, including not just the players and coaches, but also the front office and the fans. The Diamondbacks have worked tirelessly for this opportunity, and this achievement is a moment of immense joy for them.

The World Series will see the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Texas Rangers, both wild-card teams, go head-to-head. It’s an unexpected match-up featuring two teams that were considered among the worst in baseball just a few years ago. The combined win total of these two teams in the regular season was quite low, making this World Series an unpredictable showdown. This format has added a March Madness-like element to baseball, where new stars can emerge, and anything can happen.

Diamondbacks vs Rangers Game 1 of the World Series: pitchers

Arizona Diamondbacks

Zach Gallen, who started the All-Star Game, will also begin Game 1 of the upcoming World Series. The last time a pitcher had accomplished this feat was Chris Sale of the Red Sox in 2018. Although Gallen struggled a bit during the NLCS, losing both of his starts and allowing nine runs on 14 hits and four walks in 11 innings, he remains the ace of the D-backs. During the regular season, he won 17 games and had a 3.47 ERA in 210 innings pitched. Since he did not pitch in relief during the NLCS Game 7, Gallen will start on five days’ rest.

Texas Rangers

The expectation was that Jordan Montgomery would start Game 1, but the Rangers opted for Nathan Eovaldi instead. Eovaldi, a right-handed pitcher, pitched 6 and 1/3 innings to win Game 6 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the same series with six strong innings pitched, both games in Houston. He holds a postseason record of 4 wins and 0 losses, with an ERA of 2.42 over 26 innings pitched in the 2023 postseason.

Diamondbacks vs Rangers Game 1 of the World Series:, lineups

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Ketel Marte, 2B
  2. Corbin Carroll, RF
  3. Gabriel Moreno, C
  4. Christian Walker, 1B
  5. Tommy Pham, DH
  6. Lourdes Gurriel Jr., LF
  7. Alek Thomas, CF
  8. Evan Longoria, 3B
  9. Geraldo Perdomo, SS

Texas Rangers

  1. Marcus Semien, 2B
  2. Corey Seager, SS
  3. Evan Carter, LF
  4. Adolis García, RF
  5. Mitch Garver, DH
  6. Jonah Heim, C
  7. Nathaniel Lowe, 1B
  8. Josh Jung, 3B
  9. Leody Taveras, CF