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Arizona Diamondbacks: Road to the World Series

The 2023 World Series matchup is set and will feature the Arizona Diamondbacks from the National League against the Texas Rangers from the American League.

The Diamondbacks have been one of the standout stories of this season, as they have defied expectations to make it through to the Fall Classic.

They still have one obstacle to overcome and they again enter the series as the underdogs at +155 to win the World Series, with the Rangers listed as the -175 favorites.

Here we take a look at their progress up to this point, now just one series away from glory.

Diamondbacks capitalize on Cubs collapse

The Diamondbacks play in the National League West division, which does not make reaching the postseason easy with the Los Angeles Dodgers the dominant force, having won the division in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

Arizona won their last divisional title, and fifth in franchise history, back in 2011 and having finished fourth in 2022, few gave them much hope of reaching the playoffs this time around.

They did exactly that, thanks in part to a spectacular collapse from the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card race that went down to the wire.

The Diamondbacks ended the regular season with an 84-78 record to secure the final Wild Card spot by one game from the Cubs, who lost five of their last six to blow their chance.

Brewers downed before shock Dodgers sweep

The Diamondbacks reward for defying expectations and reaching the playoffs was a matchup with NL Central Winners, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a three-game series.

Twice, Arizona had to overcome an early deficit but again they did so to reach the Divisional Round.

The Diamondbacks won the first game 6-3 at the American Family Field and followed up with a 5-2 success to claim the series at the earliest opportunity and set up a mouthwatering clash with the Dodgers.

This was a best-of-five series and one that the Diamondbacks were heavy underdogs in. 

Arizona quickly put the Dodgers on the ropes by winning Game 1 11-2 in Los Angeles before claiming the second with a 4-2 victory. 

Returning home, the Diamondbacks held on in Game 3, again winning 4-2 to shock the baseball world by sweeping the Dodgers to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Arizona overcomes adversity

The NLCS began very differently for the Diamondbacks as they played the Philadelphia Phillies for the chance to play in the World Series. 

For the first time in the playoffs, Arizona experienced some adversity, losing to the Phillies by a score of 5-3 in Game 1. The Diamondbacks didn't respond to that setback too well in Game 2 with the hosts enjoying one of their best offensive outputs, winning 10-0.

By the time Game 3 came around, ticket prices plummeted in Arizona with no one believing that the Diamondbacks could get back into this series. 

Right on cue, Arizona won Game 3 with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 2-1. 

Torey Lovullo's men then used that momentum to also win Game 4 in another tight contest, this time 6-5, to tie the series at 2-2. 

With the current NLCS format of 2-3-2, Arizona played their third consecutive home game in Game 5 but unfortunately for them, they came out flat and lost 6-1 to fall 3-2 down in the series, one defeat away from elimination. 

Heading back to Philadelphia, it seemed as if the Diamondbacks had little chance to win both games, considering how they had fared in the first two games of the series. 

Once again, however, Arizona silenced the doubters - and the Philadelphia crowd - by winning Game 6 in convincing fashion, 5-1.

The D-Backs won 4-2 in Game 7 to complete an improbable comeback and send them to only the second World Series appearance in franchise history.

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