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The Arizona Diamondbacks face elimination for the second time in the MLB postseason. They had two must-win games in the NLCS against the Phillies and came out on top both times. They know how to play in elimination games, so we expect to see a spirited effort from Arizona.
The Rangers are in a different situation with a two-game lead in the World Series. Even if they lose on Wednesday, the series will go back to Texas for the final two contests beginning on Friday. With the high stakes of Game 5 looming, we will lean toward the NRFI on Wednesday night.
Both teams have the pitchers they want on the mound in this position. Nathan Eovaldi will throw for the Rangers against Zac Gallen of the Diamondbacks. Both wings have been fantastic this season, and we expect to see them shine early in this contest.
Eovaldi is 4-0 in the postseason with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He has allowed 27 hits over 30.2 innings with 36 strikeouts. The one thing to note is that he was lit up by the Diamondbacks in his last start.
He allowed six hits in 4.2 innings with five earned runs. Eovaldi struck out eight over 4.2 innings, but he wasn’t overly sharp. We expect him to bounce back with a vengeance and have a solid first inning.
Gallen hasn’t been great in the postseason, but he is ready for this moment. He has pitched 27.1 innings and allowed 28 hits in this span. The strikeouts have been done, but he has been better at home than on the road. This is the saving grace for the Diamondbacks.
In his last start against the Rangers, he didn’t get off to a great start, but he settled in quickly. He went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits. The offenses have been quick to strike, but even in the Rangers onslaught of runs in Game 4, every run came with two outs.
If both teams can be efficient with two outs, this game will quickly turn into a low-scoring defensive battle despite the two potent offenses.
The value of this prop bet is the reason to take it in Game 5 of the World Series. DraftKings has a first-inning market where you can bet if there will be a double play. The odds are incredible at +750 for the top half of the inning and +650 for the bottom of the first.
A small wager makes the first inning more exciting, and the value is tremendous because we have seen double plays consistently in this series. The offenses are so good on both sides that there will be base runners in the first inning.
We’re leaning toward the NRFI in this game, but it doesn’t mean there won’t be traffic on the bases throughout the first inning. The defenses have also been tremendous on both sides, which is critical for double plays.
Both middle infielders can turn the most challenging double plays, so it’s worth sprinkling this market on Thursday.
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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