Diamondbacks vs Phillies Prediction NLCS Game 5 10/21
- Lm Tipster
- Oct 21, 2023, 5:59:59 AM
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NLCS Game 5: Phillies vs. Diamondbacks - Betting Analysis
The NLCS kicks off with Game 5 between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arizona Diamondbacks shocked the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night with a 6-5 victory that tied the National League Championship Series at two games each. Thomas hit a tying, two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning, and Gabriel Moreno came up to deliver the go-ahead single.
Let's explore how these two teams reached this point and dive into their strengths, weaknesses, and the best betting strategy for this matchup.
The Phillies' offense has been a driving force in their journey to the NLCS. Led by Bryce Harper and Matt Olson, they boast an impressive batting lineup. Harper holds a .293 batting average, .401 OBP, and .499 SLG, while Olson has crushed 54 home runs and driven in 139 runs. Their ability to get on base and generate runs is a significant asset for the Phillies.
On the pitching front, Zack Wheeler has been exceptional. With a 2-0 record, 2.37 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 19 innings, he's a formidable force on the mound. The Phillies can rely on Wheeler to deliver a strong performance. Zack Wheeler helped the defending National League champions win their seventh Game 1 of the previous two postseasons with eight strikeouts in six innings. In the first two innings, Wheeler sawed two bats in half, leaving the Diamondbacks with more broken timber than hits after five innings.
Fortunately for the Phillies, they have no injured players to report, which means they can field their top talent for Game 1.
The Diamondbacks' offense, led by Christian Walker, has also been impressive. Walker has hammered 33 home runs and driven in 103 runs, providing significant power in their lineup. However, they face a formidable opponent in Zack Wheeler and will need to bring their A-game.
Zac Gallen, the Diamondbacks' ace, has demonstrated his pitching prowess with a 2-1 record, 4.96 ERA, and 12 strikeouts in 18 innings. His ability to keep hitters at bay will be crucial in this matchup. In his two postseason appearances, Gallen has given up just four runs over 11.1 innings, earning him the right to start Game 1 of Arizona's first NLCS trip in 16 years. The right-hander's lone 2023 regular-season game against the Phillies in May saw him allow two runs over 5.2 innings while also fanning three and walking two batters.
While the Diamondbacks have Gabriel Moreno listed as day-to-day, they will miss the services of Tommy Henry, who is on the 60-Day IL. This could impact their pitching depth in later innings.
Considering the strengths of both teams, this matchup promises to be a pitching duel. Zack Wheeler and Zac Gallen have been in top form, and the absence of major injuries bodes well for both sides.
However, postseason games tend to be lower-scoring affairs due to the heightened pressure and cautious approaches by batters. Given the strong starting pitching and the potential for a bullpen battle, the under (8.5) on total runs scored stands out as a favorable bet. It aligns with the expectation of a closely contested, low-scoring game.
In conclusion, as the Phillies face the Diamondbacks in NLCS Game 1, the under (8.5) appears to be the most appealing wager. With reliable starters, postseason tension, and solid bullpens, all signs point to a game with fewer runs on the board. This bet is well-suited for those seeking a smart wager for the NLCS opener.
Pick: Under 8.5 runs -110