Preview & Picks: Diamondbacks vs Phillies 10/16/2023

Preview & Picks: Diamondbacks vs Phillies 10/16/2023

October 16, 2023


Game Preview


At Citizens Bank Park on Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks will play Game 1 of the NL Championship Series for this campaign. With a record of 90-72 in the NL East, the Phillies came in 2nd place, just behind the Atlanta Braves. The Arizona Diamondbacks, on the contrary, made the first trip to play at the NLCS since 2007 and ended 2nd at the NL West division trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers. To advance to the divisional stage, both squads had to use the Wild Card method. After that, they defeated the leading teams in their division to make it to the league finals.


Arizona won two consecutive series against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card round and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series to advance to the NLCS. After dropping 4 in a row to conclude the regular-season schedule, the Diamondbacks have now won 5 consecutive games.


After defeating the Miami Marlins 2-0 in the Wild Card round and the Atlanta Braves, who had the best record in the National League, 3-1 in the NLDS, the Phillies have progressed to this series. Philadelphia remains 6-1 and has a plus-29 run differential during October, counting its regular-season conclusion.



Despite the games being closer than it might suggest, the Phillies defeated the D-backs 4-3 in the regular-season series and outperformed them 44-34. One game was settled by 3 runs, while the other two were each settled by a single run.


This is going to be Zac Gallen’s 3rd playoff start on the mound. In the opening game of the wildcard series versus the Brewers, Gallen pitched brilliantly, allowing only 2 runs over 6 innings to help them prevail 5-2.


The Phillies will send out Zack Wheeler on Monday night. Wheeler has had two outstanding postseason performances. During the wildcard series, he held the Marlins to just a single run in 6.2 innings, and during the Phillies’ defeat to the Braves over the NLDS, he allowed 3 runs in 6.1 innings.


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Arizona Diamondbacks vs Philadelphia Phillies Game Information


  • Date: 10/16/2023
  • Time: 08:07 PM ET
  • Location: Citizens Bank Park.
  • How to Watch Diamondbacks vs Phillies: MLB.TV
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


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