Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Brad Peacock
The Texas Rangers visit Minute Maid Park on Tuesday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and Brad Peacock for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +115 and Houston at -125. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Rangers have a 73-63-8 over/under record and a 76-68-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Astros are 65-78-0 against the run line and have a 65-70-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 85-59 record, including 38-37 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has a 7-4 record with an earned run average of 4.92 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 95 strikeouts over his 106 innings pitched and he has given up 102 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.57. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.79 and they have given up 468 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the bullpen while being struck out 375 times and walking 168 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.08 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.16 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 1,290 base hits and 628 earned runs. They have allowed 181 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 477 batters and struck out 1,017. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.63.
As a team, Texas is batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.01 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .358. He has 157 hits this season along with 82 runs scored and 96 runs batted in. He's struck out 59 times and has walked 45 times. Ian Desmond is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 164 hits so far while scoring 102 runs and he's driven in 82. He has walked 41 times and has struck out 146 times. The Rangers have 1,298 hits, including 225 doubles and 195 home runs. They've stolen 84 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 32 times. Texas has walked 391 times this season and they've struck out 1,085 times as a unit. They've left 920 men on base and have a team OPS of .762. They score 4.84 runs per contest and have scored a total of 697 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 40-31 home record and a 75-68 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Brad Peacock has a 0-0 record and a 1.22 WHIP. He has 9 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 5.02. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have given up 411 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 537 times and walking 120 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,290 base knocks and 583 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 166 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 383 hitters and struck out 1,231. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .235 average at home. The Astros hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .340 and he has an OBP of .401. He has 192 hits this year along with 98 runs scored and 93 RBI. He's struck out 66 times and has walked on 55 occasions. George Springer is hitting .257 and he has an OBP of .363. He has collected 145 hits so far while he's scored 108 runs and drove in 75. He has earned a walk 83 times and has punched out 154 times. The Astros as a unit have 1,210 base hits, including 261 doubles and 181 homers. They have 94 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 39 times. Houston as a team has walked 507 times this year and they have struck out 1,299 times. They've had 977 men left on base and have an OPS of .744. They score 4.57 runs per game and have totaled 654 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 73-63-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 76-68-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 65-70-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 65-78-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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 60-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
09/06/16 P Dallas Keuchel Shoulder out indefinitely
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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