Monday, July 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Nick Tropeano
The Texas Rangers head to Angel Stadium on Monday to take on the Los Angeles Angels. The probable pitchers are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and Nick Tropeano for the Angels. The opening line for this game has Texas at +106 and Los Angeles at -116. The over/under is 8.5. The Rangers have a 48-39-5 over/under mark and a 53-39-0 run line record, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Angels are 44-49-0 against the run line and have a 37-53-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this game with a 54-38 record, and they are 25-23 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has a 3-1 record with an ERA of 3.81 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 48 strikeouts during his 52 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.34. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 5.03 and they have allowed 323 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .274 against the pen while they've been struck out 230 times and walked 114 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 9.19 base hits per nine innings while striking out 6.59 hitters per nine. They are 20th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.42. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 839 base hits and 404 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 318 batters and struck out 602. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.85.
As a team, Texas is hitting .265, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .249 average on the road. The Rangers have a .425 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .322 which is good for 17th in the league. They rank 11th in baseball with 9.02 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this game hitting .316 and his on-base percentage is at .370. He has 113 hits this season along with 65 runs scored and 55 runs batted in. He's struck out 95 times and has walked 29 times. Nomar Mazara is hitting .280 and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 87 hits so far while scoring 36 runs and he's driven in 36. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 56 times. The Rangers have 830 hits, including 143 doubles and 111 home runs. They've stolen 54 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 21 times. Texas has walked 243 times this season and they've struck out 683 times as a unit. They've left 576 men on base and have a team OPS of .747. They score 4.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 444 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this game with a 18-26 home mark and a 39-52 overall record. With an ERA of 3.12, Nick Tropeano has a 3-2 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 66 strikeouts over the 66.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 67 hits. He has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.74. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 295 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 232 times and walking 109 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.33 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.55 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.44. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 840 base knocks and 394 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 117 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 287 hitters and struck out 656. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.62.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .238 average at home. The Angels hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.2 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .316 and he has an OBP of .420. He has 104 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 59 RBI. He's struck out 73 times and has walked on 59 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .361. He has collected 98 hits so far while he's scored 55 runs and drove in 48. He has earned a walk 38 times and has punched out 68 times. The Angels as a unit have 820 base hits, including 163 doubles and 84 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 269 times this year and they have struck out 533 times. They've had 602 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They score 4.52 runs per game and have totaled 411 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 48-39-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 53-39-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 37-53-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 44-49-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/16/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Back "?" Sunday vs. Chicago Cubs
07/15/16 P Jake Diekman Finger 15-day DL (7/6)
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)
Los Angeles Angels
07/09/16 1B C.J. Cron Hand 15-day DL (7/8)
07/06/16 LF Shane Robinson Ankle 15-day DL (7/6)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
06/01/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 15-day DL (6/1)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 60-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels
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