Saturday, August 27, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. A.J. Griffin
The Cleveland Indians visit Globe Life Park on Saturday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Carlos Carrasco for the Indians and A.J. Griffin for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -125 and Texas at +115. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Indians have a 62-54-10 over/under record and a 62-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Rangers are 68-60-0 against the run line and have a 61-59-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Indians head into this matchup with a 72-54 record, including 33-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has a 9-6 record with an earned run average of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.07. He has 124 strikeouts over his 124 innings pitched and he has given up 102 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.83. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 336 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 368 times and walking 147 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 1,042 base hits and 489 earned runs. They have allowed 150 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 370 batters and struck out 1,072. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.01.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .264, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from home. The Indians hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.07 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .284 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 137 hits this season along with 74 runs scored and 67 runs batted in. He's struck out 112 times and has walked 43 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .311 and he has an on-base percentage of .357. He has totaled 152 hits so far while scoring 83 runs and he's driven in 64. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 70 times. The Indians have 1,143 hits, including 233 doubles and 161 home runs. They've stolen 102 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Cleveland has walked 386 times this season and they've struck out 998 times as a unit. They've left 813 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 4.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 619 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 40-20 home record and a 75-53 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.68, A.J. Griffin has a 5-3 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 77 strikeouts over the 90.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 87 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.4. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have given up 417 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 320 times and walking 144 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.97 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.30. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,139 base knocks and 544 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 161 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 416 hitters and struck out 882. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.64.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .278 average at home. The Rangers hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this matchup batting .290 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 147 hits this year along with 88 runs scored and 76 RBI. He's struck out 134 times and has walked on 34 occasions. Adrian Beltre is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 134 hits so far while he's scored 63 runs and drove in 83. He has earned a walk 35 times and has punched out 54 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,140 base hits, including 196 doubles and 167 homers. They have 74 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Texas as a team has walked 337 times this year and they have struck out 950 times. They've had 808 men left on base and have an OPS of .750. They score 4.66 runs per game and have totaled 597 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 62-54-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 62-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 61-59-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 68-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/17/16 P Josh Tomlin Personal expected to miss 3-5 days
07/19/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 15-day DL (7/18)
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 15-day DL (8/17)
08/15/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Forearm 15-day DL (8/15)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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