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Gavel Sports 2023 World Series Predictions

World Series: Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Just two years after each team lost over 100 games, they find themselves in the World Series. The Arizona Diamondbacks, after barely sneaking into the final National League Wildcard spot, are looking for their first World Series championship since 2001. After cruising past the Dodgers, and fighting back against the Phillies, the young DBacks are hungry. They will have to beat an experienced team in the Rangers. With experience all over the roster, the Rangers are seeking their franchise’s first World Series ever. 

Here are the predictions from some members of the Sports section of the Gavel: 

 

Dan Schorr

Rangers in six games

World Series MVP: Nathan Eovaldi

I’ll take the Rangers in 6 games. The team is riding a huge wave of momentum after beating their in-state rival. I think Eovaldi will win MVP. This isn’t his first time playing this late in October, and I think his arm will lead the rangers to a win.

 

Ryan Kissell

Rangers in seven games

World Series MVP: Corey Seager

I really could see this one going either way, but I just think that the Rangers edge in experience will prove to be the difference. Max Scherzer and Corey Seager have both won, as has manager Bruce Bochy, and I think the experience gained from those championships will give them the edge when the series gets down to the wire.

 

Neal Bold 

Rangers in six games

World Series MVP: Nathan Eovaldi

These two upstart teams have had nearly identical paths to the Fall Classic, so naturally not much separates them. But something’s got to give, so I think the Rangers’ star power will give them the edge. Oh, and Nathan Eovaldi should be the MVP because that guy is awesome.

 

Lucas Girardi

Rangers in seven games

World Series MVP: Corey Seager

Starting with the Diamondbacks, they are a team with a young core with some veteran presences sprinkled in. The starting staff is solid, and the bullpen even more impressive. Arizona put a ton of pressure on the Phillies by running wild on them and playing small ball. The D-Backs may not have many superstars, but they have the grit and youth to compete in any game.

The Texas Rangers have looked like a juggernaut themselves, also coming back on the defending champion Astros in the CS. The starting pitching has dominated, and the return of Max Scherzer could be crucial. The bullpen, which was a concern originally, has held up well to this point. The offense has carried Texas to this point though, with dangerous hitter after dangerous hitter in the lineup. Adolis Garcia is scorching hot batting .327 in the postseason with 7 HRs and 20 RBIs. These hitters don’t give pitchers any easy outs and are not a lineup you want to face.

The Diamondbacks are a feisty bunch, but the Rangers are loaded with talent, much with playoff experience. I expect the series to be competitive, but for Texas to get the best in the end.

 

Devin Klein 

Diamondbacks in seven games

World Series MVP: Ketel Marte

Someone has to swerve from the Rangers, so give me the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks barely made the playoffs, but they have proven why they belong. They have a rotation and a lineup that can go toe-to-toe with the Rangers and have overcome every challenge in these playoffs. The Rangers have more experience, and certainly have the star power to win. If Adolis García and Corey Seager can stay hot, this will be a long series for the Diamondbacks, but if their bullpen can keep them quiet, the Rangers will struggle to score. 

I need more to motivate this pick, so here's a fun fact: Of the last eight teams to beat the Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs, six have won the World Series. The Diamondbacks swept them.

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