Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Kevin Gausman
The Texas Rangers head to Oriole Park on Wednesday to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The probable pitchers are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Kevin Gausman for the Orioles. The opening line for this game has Texas at -110 and Baltimore at +100. The over/under is 8.5. The Rangers have a 55-46-5 over/under mark and a 58-48-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Orioles are 56-48-0 against the run line and have a 47-54-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Rangers head into this game with a 62-44 record, and they are 28-27 on the road. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 12-2 record with an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.26. He has 132 strikeouts during his 133.1 innings pitched and he has given up 117 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.14. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.78 and they have allowed 359 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the pen while they've been struck out 262 times and walked 121 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 9.07 base hits per nine innings while striking out 6.62 hitters per nine. They are 22nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.36. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 951 base hits and 457 earned runs. They have allowed 137 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 351 batters and struck out 694. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.78.
As a team, Texas is hitting .265, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .250 average on the road. The Rangers have a .434 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .322 which is good for 16th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this game hitting .281 and his on-base percentage is at .333. He has 102 hits this season along with 43 runs scored and 43 runs batted in. He's struck out 68 times and has walked 27 times. Ian Desmond is hitting .303 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 125 hits so far while scoring 75 runs and he's driven in 63. He has walked 31 times and has struck out 110 times. The Rangers have 954 hits, including 161 doubles and 139 home runs. They've stolen 60 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 25 times. Texas has walked 274 times this season and they've struck out 790 times as a unit. They've left 659 men on base and have a team OPS of .756. They score 4.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 505 runs so far this year.
Baltimore comes into this game with a 37-16 home mark and a 59-45 overall record. With an ERA of 4.18, Kevin Gausman has a 2-8 record and a 1.32 WHIP. He has 99 strikeouts over the 103.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 110 hits. He has allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.06 and they have given up 315 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Orioles bullpen while being struck out 327 times and walking 142 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.67 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 916 base knocks and 436 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 117 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Baltimore as a staff has walked 365 hitters and struck out 787. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.36.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .273 average at home. The Orioles hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.04 hits per contest. Mark Trumbo comes into this matchup batting .269 and he has an OBP of .322. He has 111 hits this year along with 58 runs scored and 75 RBI. He's struck out 115 times and has walked on 30 occasions. Manny Machado is hitting .303 and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 121 hits so far while he's scored 71 runs and drove in 58. He has earned a walk 39 times and has punched out 75 times. The Orioles as a unit have 940 base hits, including 188 doubles and 154 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Baltimore as a team has walked 306 times this year and they have struck out 873 times. They've had 692 men left on base and have an OPS of .770. They score 4.73 runs per game and have totaled 492 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 55-46-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 58-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 47-54-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 56-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
07/20/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Back 15-day DL (7/20)
07/07/16 C Bryan Holaday Thumb 60-day DL (7/5)
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 60-day DL (5/23)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
07/22/16 RF Joey Rickard Thumb 15-day DL (7/21)
07/01/16 P T.J. McFarland Knee 15-day DL (6/29)
06/21/16 P Brian Duensing Elbow 15-day DL (6/20)
Guy's Pick: Take the Orioles
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