Thursday, June 9, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Martin Perez
The Houston Astros visit Globe Life Park on Thursday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Martin Perez for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +100 and Texas at -110. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Astros have a 31-24-5 over/under record and a 26-34-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 43% of the time. The Rangers are 35-23-0 against the run line and have a 31-26-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
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The Astros head into this matchup with a 28-32 record, including 11-18 on the road. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has a 5-4 record with an earned run average of 4.97 and a WHIP of 1.46. He has 61 strikeouts over his 67 innings pitched and he has given up 81 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.81. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.33 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the bullpen while being struck out 232 times and walking 47 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.42 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.21. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 557 base hits and 258 earned runs. They have allowed 66 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 164 batters and struck out 516. 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 25th in the league while putting together a .244 average away from home. The Astros hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.17 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .332 and his on-base percentage is at .409. He has 79 hits this season along with 45 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 25 times and has walked 29 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .259 and he has an on-base percentage of .352. He has totaled 59 hits so far while scoring 28 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 30 times and has struck out 66 times. The Astros have 490 hits, including 108 doubles and 75 home runs. They've stolen 50 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. Houston has walked 229 times this season and they've struck out 588 times as a unit. They've left 418 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.32 runs per contest and have scored a total of 259 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 23-9 home record and a 36-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.24, Martin Perez has a 4-4 record and a 1.36 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 72.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 66 hits. He has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.47. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.97 and they have given up 193 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .277 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 147 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.91 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 510 base knocks and 227 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 184 hitters and struck out 401. They give up a walk 3.2 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 4.57.
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 .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .325. He has 60 hits this year along with 30 runs scored and 40 RBI. He's struck out 24 times and has walked on 17 occasions. Elvis Andrus is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .333. 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 24 times. The Rangers as a unit have 522 base hits, including 100 doubles and 63 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Texas as a team has walked 149 times this year and they have struck out 408 times. They've had 358 men left on base and have an OPS of .742. They score 4.83 runs per game and have totaled 280 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 31-24-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 26-34-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 31-26-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 35-23-0 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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros
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