Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Yu Darvish
The Houston Astros visit Globe Life Park on Wednesday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Doug Fister for the Astros and Yu Darvish for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +135 and Texas at -145. The over/under was set at 9. The Astros have a 31-23-5 over/under record and a 26-33-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Rangers are 34-23-0 against the run line and have a 31-25-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
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The Astros head into this matchup with a 28-31 record, including 11-17 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 5-3 record with an earned run average of 3.51 and a WHIP of 1.26. He has 39 strikeouts over his 66.2 innings pitched and he has given up 60 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.88. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.34 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 230 times and walking 46 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.49 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 547 base hits and 254 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 163 batters and struck out 506. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.76.
As a team, Houston is batting .238, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The Astros hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.2 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .336 and his on-base percentage is at .411. He has 79 hits this season along with 45 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 24 times and has walked 29 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .262 and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 59 hits so far while scoring 28 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 29 times and has struck out 65 times. The Astros have 484 hits, including 106 doubles and 74 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. Houston has walked 223 times this season and they've struck out 579 times as a unit. They've left 411 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.34 runs per contest and have scored a total of 256 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 22-9 home record and a 35-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Yu Darvish has a 2-0 record and a 1.03 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 10.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 9 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 1.44. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.98 and they have given up 191 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .277 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 142 times and walking 64 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.88 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 504 base knocks and 224 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 72 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 178 hitters and struck out 392. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.58.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Rangers hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.98 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .272 and he has an OBP of .326. He has 59 hits this year along with 29 runs scored and 40 RBI. He's struck out 24 times and has walked on 17 occasions. Elvis Andrus is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 54 hits so far while he's scored 25 runs and drove in 21. He has earned a walk 14 times and has punched out 23 times. The Rangers as a unit have 512 base hits, including 99 doubles and 61 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Texas as a team has walked 148 times this year and they have struck out 398 times. They've had 352 men left on base and have an OPS of .740. They score 4.84 runs per game and have totaled 276 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 31-23-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 26-33-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 31-25-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 34-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 15-day DL (5/23)05/24/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Hamstring 15-day DL (5/21)05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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