Saturday, September 26, 2015
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Derek Holland (3-3) vs. Collin McHugh (17-7)
The Texas Rangers head to Minute Maid Park on Saturday to take on the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Derek Holland for the Rangers and Collin McHugh for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +127 and Houston at -137. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 67-76 over/under record and a 92-60 run line mark, meaning they cover 61% of the time. The Astros are 80-73 against the run line and have a 69-76 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The Rangers come into this game with a 83-69 record, and they are 44-34 away from home. Starting pitcher Derek Holland holds a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 4.75 and a WHIP of 1.29. In his starts, the Rangers are 4-4 over his 47.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 49 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Rangers are 3-4 in his starts. The team is averaging 3.6 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 445 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen while being struck out 432 times and walking 189 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.08 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.78 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.25.
Texas is batting .257 as a team, which is good for 10th in the league and hitting .240 away from home. The Rangers hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.74 hits per game and Prince Fielder leads the team with 174.
With a 80-73 overall record, Houston will come into this game 51-27 at home. With an earned run average of 3.93, Collin McHugh will come into this game holding a 17-7 record and a 1.28 WHIP. In his starts, the Astros are 19-11 and he has allowed 193 hits over 190 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Astros are 14-14 when he starts. The team is averaging 5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.25 and they have given up 343 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 430 times and walking 129 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.92 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.54.
They are batting .246 as a team, which is good for 26th in the league and hitting .251 at home. The Astros hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 8.26 hits per game and Jose Altuve leads the team with 188.
Texas has a team fielding percentage of .981 after having committed 112 errors with 1,577 assists and 4,064 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .987 team fielding percentage while committing 73 errors, accumulating 1,540 assists and compiling 4,086 put outs.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 67-76 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 92-60 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 69-76 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 80-73 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/15 P Alex Claudio Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/13/15 1B Kyle Blanks Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/17)
08/02/15 P Tanner Scheppers Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
08/01/15 C Robinson Chirinos Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/31)
05/29/15 P Nick Tepesch Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7)
04/06/15 P Lisalverto Bonilla Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/31)
04/06/15 P Yu Darvish Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6), out for season
04/04/15 RF Antoan Richardson Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/2)
04/04/15 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/24), out for season
09/25/15 CF Carlos Gomez Side is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Friday vs. Texas Rangers
09/11/15 P Scott Feldman Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/14); out for season
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/14), out for season
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Hip Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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