Sunday, May 22, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Dallas Keuchel
The Texas Rangers visit Minute Maid Park on Sunday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Dallas Keuchel for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +120 and Houston at -130. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 22-19-1 over/under record and a 22-20-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Astros are 18-25-0 against the run line and have a 22-16-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 42% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 23-19 record, including 9-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 3.10 and a WHIP of 1.32. He has 51 strikeouts over his 49.1 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.79. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 5.59 and they have given up 148 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .285 against the bullpen while being struck out 103 times and walking 55 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.85 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 376 base hits and 175 earned runs. They have allowed 56 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 145 batters and struck out 287. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.79.
As a team, Texas is batting .255, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .240 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.6 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .264 and his on-base percentage is at .310. He has 42 hits this season along with 18 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. He's struck out 15 times and has walked 11 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .291 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 39 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 14. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 16 times. The Rangers have 361 hits, including 71 doubles and 42 home runs. They've stolen 28 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Texas has walked 112 times this season and they've struck out 302 times as a unit. They've left 258 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 4.48 runs per contest and have scored a total of 188 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 10-11 home record and a 17-26 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.43, Dallas Keuchel has a 2-5 record and a 1.58 WHIP. He has 47 strikeouts over the 56.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 64 hits. He has allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.14. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have given up 130 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 151 times and walking 30 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.51 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.50. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 410 base knocks and 194 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 113 hitters and struck out 333. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .233, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .236 average at home. The Astros hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 7.91 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .343 and he has an OBP of .429. He has 58 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 26 RBI. He's struck out 21 times and has walked on 24 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .265 and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 43 hits so far while he's scored 22 runs and drove in 20. He has earned a walk 23 times and has punched out 44 times. The Astros as a unit have 340 base hits, including 87 doubles and 54 homers. They have 39 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Houston as a team has walked 169 times this year and they have struck out 423 times. They've had 296 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They score 4.16 runs per game and have totaled 179 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 22-19-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 22-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 22-16-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 18-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/21/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Hamstring left last game, "?" Saturday vs. Houston Astros
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
05/17/16 CF Carlos Gomez Ribs 15-day DL (5/16)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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