Saturday, September 3, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel vs. Derek Holland
The Houston Astros head to Globe Life Park on Saturday to take on the Texas Rangers. The probable pitchers are Dallas Keuchel for the Astros and Derek Holland for the Rangers. The opening line for this game has Houston at -110 and Texas at +100. The over/under is 9.5. The Astros have a 59-66-8 over/under mark and a 60-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Rangers are 72-62-0 against the run line and have a 65-61-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Astros head into this game with a 71-62 record, and they are 32-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel has a 9-12 record with an ERA of 4.55 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 144 strikeouts during his 168 innings pitched and he has given up 168 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.87. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.39 and they have allowed 381 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the pen while they've been struck out 486 times and walked 101 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.93 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.61 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.91. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 1,198 base hits and 524 earned runs. They have allowed 153 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 343 batters and struck out 1,155. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.81.
As a team, Houston is hitting .246, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .257 average on the road. The Astros have a .419 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .321 which is good for 17th in the league. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.44 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .351 and his on-base percentage is at .411. He has 184 hits this season along with 94 runs scored and 89 runs batted in. He's struck out 61 times and has walked 51 times. George Springer is hitting .258 and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 136 hits so far while scoring 99 runs and he's driven in 73. He has walked 73 times and has struck out 139 times. The Astros have 1,123 hits, including 245 doubles and 165 home runs. They've stolen 88 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 36 times. Houston has walked 470 times this season and they've struck out 1,209 times as a unit. They've left 910 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 606 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this game with a 45-21 home mark and a 80-54 overall record. With an ERA of 4.68, Derek Holland has a 6-6 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 53 strikeouts over the 84.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 86 hits. He has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.42. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 434 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .265 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 337 times and walking 150 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.01 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.29. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,195 base knocks and 568 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 162 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 432 hitters and struck out 929. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.56.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .278 average at home. The Rangers hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .291 and he has an OBP of .349. He has 141 hits this year along with 73 runs scored and 89 RBI. He's struck out 58 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Ian Desmond is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 153 hits so far while he's scored 92 runs and drove in 78. He has earned a walk 36 times and has punched out 137 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,196 base hits, including 202 doubles and 177 homers. They have 77 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Texas as a team has walked 355 times this year and they have struck out 1,005 times. They've had 845 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They score 4.74 runs per game and have totaled 635 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 59-66-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 60-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 65-61-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 72-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/01/16 1B Marwin Gonzalez Hamstring left last game, "?" Friday vs. Texas Rangers
08/13/16 LF Preston Tucker Shoulder 15-day DL (8/11)
08/03/16 P Lance McCullers Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
07/29/16 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring 15-day DL (7/27)
08/27/16 P Jeremy Jeffress Suspension placed on restricted list
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 Rangers
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