The 2023 World Series Showdown: Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

An Epic Battle for the Commissioner’s Trophy Begins

October 26 (UPI) — Baseball enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the 2023 World Series, as two underdog teams, the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, are set to clash in a battle for the coveted Commissioner’s Trophy. The exciting series kicks off with Game 1 on Friday in Arlington.

The first pitch of this best-of-seven series is scheduled for 8:03 p.m. EDT at the Rangers’ home ground, the Globe Life Field and the games will be broadcast on Fox.

As the countdown to the first pitch begins, the excitement among fans and players alike is palpable. Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll, a strong contender for the National League Rookie of the Year, expressed his optimism: “If you’re playing good baseball in the playoffs, we’ve seen it before, stuff can happen. With our regular-season race going down to the end, it was exciting to come out on top and realize we would have a chance to do this thing.”

The Diamondbacks are on a mission to capture their first World Series title since 2001 when they triumphed over the New York Yankees in a nail-biting seven-game series. This victory came in only the Diamondbacks’ fourth year of existence, making it a historic moment in their franchise history.

On the other side, the Texas Rangers, established in 1972 when a second edition of the Washington Senators moved to Texas, are still on the hunt for their first-ever World Series title. Their manager, Bruce Bochy, praised their determination, saying, “This team has played with as much heart and determination as any club I’ve had.”

Both teams have defied the odds to reach this stage, as neither the Rangers nor the Diamondbacks won their respective divisions, instead earning Wild Card entries in MLB’s 12-team postseason field. The Rangers secured the No. 5 seed in the American League with a regular season record of 90-72, despite ranking among the Top 5 in payroll. The Diamondbacks, with the 10th lowest payroll in MLB, secured the No. 6 seed in the National League, despite sharing the worst regular-season record (84-78) among playoff teams with the Miami Marlins.

The Rangers embarked on their playoff journey by beating the No. 4 Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card round. They then surprised everyone by sweeping the top-seeded Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series and ultimately advanced to the World Series by upsetting the No. 2 Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game American League Championship Series.

The Diamondbacks, no strangers to defying expectations, started their playoff run by beating the No. 3 Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card round. They continued their remarkable journey by sweeping the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series and ultimately secured their place in the World Series by defeating the No. 4 Philadelphia Phillies in a seven-game showdown.

While both teams may not have recent postseason experience on their resumes, they bring with them a wealth of experience in terms of their staff and rosters. Several players and coaches from both teams have had their fair share of World Series success.

Rangers’ manager Bruce Bochy has made history by becoming the third manager in MLB to reach the World Series with three different franchises. Bochy led the San Diego Padres to the World Series in 1998 but fell short. However, he tasted victory with the San Francisco Giants, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Among the Rangers’ players, first baseman Nathaniel Lowe played in the 2020 World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays, while shortstop Corey Seager clinched the World Series title in 2020 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, earning World Series and NLCS MVP honors during that memorable run.

Pitchers Max Scherzer (2019), Sandy Leon (2018), Nathan Eovaldi (2018), Aroldis Chapman (2016), and Will Smith (2021, 2022) also have World Series rings, adding to the Rangers’ arsenal of experience.

On the Diamondbacks’ side, manager Torey Lovullo was a part of the Boston Red Sox staff and served as a bench coach during their victorious 2018 World Series campaign. Veteran third baseman Evan Longoria appeared in the 2008 World Series, and pitcher Ryan Thompson participated in the 2020 World Series, both representing the Tampa Bay Rays.

As the stage is set for this epic showdown, it’s worth noting that the Rangers have been the most potent offensive team this postseason, boasting a batting average of .265, a slugging percentage of .481, and 22 home runs, ranking second only to the Philadelphia Phillies in the latter two categories. The Rangers lead the postseason with 113 hits, 71 runs scored, and 67 RBIs in just a dozen playoff games.

In contrast, the Diamondbacks rank third in hits (99) and fourth in runs (51), RBIs (50), and home runs (18). Their .247 batting average also ranks fourth among teams that played more than two games.

From a pitching perspective, the Diamondbacks hold a slight edge with their 3.23 ERA, ranking third among teams that played beyond the first round. They also led the league with six saves and held opponents to a .231 batting average, the second-best mark among teams reaching the second round.

Rangers’ pitchers, on the other hand, allowed a .241 average and posted a 3.67 ERA, the fourth-best mark among staffs advancing past the first round. When it comes to bullpen performance, the Diamondbacks hold an advantage with a 2.94 ERA, compared to the Rangers’ 3.72.

During the regular season, both teams were in the bottom half of the league in terms of pitching ERA, with the Rangers ranking slightly higher than the Diamondbacks. The Rangers’ starting rotation, with a 3.96 ERA, ranked seventh in the regular season, while the Diamondbacks’ starting pitchers ranked 21st with a 4.67 ERA.

The Rangers’ offense dominated the regular season, leading the American League and ranking second in MLB with a .263 batting average, 1,470 hits, 845 runs scored, and 233 home runs. In contrast, the Diamondbacks had a more modest .250 batting average and hit the fifth-fewest home runs (166) in the National League.

As the series unfolds, all eyes will be on the standout players from both teams. In the playoffs, second baseman Ketel Marte, the NLCS MVP, has been the hottest hitter for the Diamondbacks with a .358 average, ranking third among players who have played more than three games. Carroll (.295), catcher Gabriel Moreno (.279), shortstop Geraldo Perdomo (.278), and outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (.250) are among the other top hitters for the Diamondbacks this postseason.

For the Rangers, shortstop Corey Seager (.333), outfielders Adolis Garcia (.327) and Evan Carter (.308), designated hitter Mitch Garver (.294), and third baseman Josh Jung (.

289) have been among the top performers in the playoffs. Garcia, the ALCS MVP, leads the playoffs with seven home runs and 20 RBIs. Jung, Lowe, Seager, Heim, and Garver are among the other Rangers players with multiple postseason homers.

Outfielder Alek Thomas (4), Moreno (3), Carroll (2), Marte (2), Perdomo (2), and outfielder Tommy Pham (2) have also contributed with multiple home runs for the Diamondbacks.

Seager (.327) and Carroll (.285) were the top hitters during the regular season on both rosters. Garcia’s 39 regular-season home runs were the most among players set to compete in the World Series.

Garcia highlighted the team’s focus on the little things, stating, “We are good at focusing on the little things. We really just try to look at the little things we need to do to get that win or be successful. That’s been key for us in getting wins on the road as well.”

The World Series promises to showcase not only the offensive prowess of both teams but also the exceptional pitching talent that each side brings to the table. Starters Jordan Montgomery of the Rangers and Merrill Kelly of the Diamondbacks boast the best regular-season ERAs, with respective marks of 3.20 and 3.29. Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (3.47) and Rangers starter Dane Dunning (3.70) are among the other top pitchers to watch in this series.

The excitement is building, and baseball fans can hardly wait for the World Series to kick off. All World Series games are scheduled to start at 8:03 p.m., with Game 2 also taking place at the Globe Life Field in Arlington on Saturday. The series will then move to Phoenix for Game 3 and Game 4 at Chase Field, with the Diamondbacks hosting Game 5 on Wednesday if necessary. Game 6 and Game 7, if required, will be held on November 3 and 4 in Arlington.

World Series Schedule (All times EDT)

  • Friday
    • Game 1: Diamondbacks at Rangers at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Saturday
    • Game 2: Diamondbacks at Rangers at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Monday
    • Game 3: Rangers at Diamondbacks at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Tuesday
    • Game 4: Rangers at Diamondbacks at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Wednesday
    • Game 5 (if necessary): Rangers at Diamondbacks at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Nov. 3
    • Game 6 (if necessary): Diamondbacks at Rangers at 8:03 p.m. on Fox
  • Nov. 4
    • Game 7 (if necessary): Diamondbacks at Rangers at 8:03 p.m. on Fox

As the 2023 World Series unfolds, it promises to be a thrilling clash between two teams with different backgrounds but a shared dream of clinching baseball’s ultimate prize.

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