Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Cole Hamels
The Houston Astros visit Globe Life Park on Wednesday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Doug Fister for the Astros and Cole Hamels for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +140 and Texas at -150. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Astros have a 7-5-1 over/under record and a 3-10-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 23% of the time. The Rangers are 7-6-0 against the run line and have a 8-5-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Astros head into this matchup with a 5-8 record, including 2-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 7.59 and a WHIP of 1.50. He has 8 strikeouts over his 10.2 innings pitched and he has given up 14 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.62. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 38 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen while being struck out 51 times and walking 14 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.52 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.86. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 121 base hits and 61 earned runs. They have allowed 20 home runs this season and they allow 1.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 35 batters and struck out 107. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.46.
As a team, Houston is batting .242, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .240 average away from home. The Astros hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 7.85 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .314 and his on-base percentage is at .397. He has 16 hits this season along with 13 runs scored and 8 runs batted in. He's struck out 8 times and has walked 6 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .267 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 12 hits so far while scoring 6 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 9 times. The Astros have 102 hits, including 20 doubles and 19 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Houston has walked 42 times this season and they've struck out 128 times as a unit. They've left 75 men on base and have a team OPS of .752. They score 3.92 runs per contest and have scored a total of 51 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 3-3 home record and a 7-6 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.95, Cole Hamels has a 2-0 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 16 strikeouts over the 18.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 15 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 5.77 and they have given up 43 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 32 times and walking 12 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.51 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.89 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.10. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 110 base knocks and 53 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year and they give up 1.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 47 hitters and struck out 89. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 5.39.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .236 average at home. The Rangers hold a .362 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.31 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .292 and he has an OBP of .352. He has 14 hits this year along with 5 runs scored and 11 RBI. He's struck out 3 times and has walked on 5 occasions. Elvis Andrus is hitting .351 and he has an OBP of .405. He has collected 13 hits so far while he's scored 6 runs and drove in 7. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 4 times. The Rangers as a unit have 108 base hits, including 25 doubles and 8 homers. They have 5 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Texas as a team has walked 37 times this year and they have struck out 112 times. They've had 79 men left on base and have an OPS of .675. They score 4.69 runs per game and have totaled 61 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 7-5-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 3-10-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 8-5-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 7-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/04/16 P Lance McCuller Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/02/16 C Max Stassi Wrist 15-day DL (3/29)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 C Chris Gimenez Ankle 15-day DL (3/27)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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