Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Michael Pineda
The Texas Rangers visit Yankee Stadium on Thursday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and Michael Pineda for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +129 and New York at -139. The over/under was set at 9. The Rangers have a 40-34-4 over/under record and a 51-27-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 65% of the time. The Yankees are 33-43-0 against the run line and have a 32-36-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 51-27 record, including 23-15 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 3.08 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 34 strikeouts over his 38 innings pitched and he has given up 28 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.58. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.69 and they have given up 258 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .272 against the bullpen while being struck out 193 times and walking 85 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.64 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 685 base hits and 309 earned runs. They have allowed 93 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 246 batters and struck out 518. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team, Texas is batting .267, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .252 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.1 hits per game. Ian Desmond comes into this game hitting .326 and his on-base percentage is at .377. He has 99 hits this season along with 58 runs scored and 51 runs batted in. He's struck out 76 times and has walked 23 times. Nomar Mazara is hitting .289 and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 76 hits so far while scoring 34 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 21 times and has struck out 48 times. The Rangers have 710 hits, including 122 doubles and 97 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Texas has walked 205 times this season and they've struck out 559 times as a unit. They've left 485 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 387 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 21-18 home record and a 37-39 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.51, Michael Pineda has a 3-7 record and a 1.42 WHIP. He has 96 strikeouts over the 83.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 98 hits. He has allowed 10.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.9. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have given up 192 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 285 times and walking 55 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.97 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.42. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 660 base knocks and 327 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 98 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 173 hitters and struck out 664. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.00.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .253 average at home. The Yankees hold a .390 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.29 hits per contest. Carlos Beltran comes into this matchup batting .297 and he has an OBP of .336. He has 78 hits this year along with 42 runs scored and 53 RBI. He's struck out 54 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .272 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 68 hits so far while he's scored 32 runs and drove in 24. He has earned a walk 22 times and has punched out 36 times. The Yankees as a unit have 630 base hits, including 107 doubles and 77 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. New York as a team has walked 215 times this year and they have struck out 517 times. They've had 493 men left on base and have an OPS of .699. They score 4.09 runs per game and have totaled 311 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 40-34-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 51-27-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 32-36-8 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 33-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 15-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 15-day DL (6/21)
06/14/16 P Yu Darvish Shoulder 15-day DL (6/9)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 15-day DL (5/23)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
New York Yankees
06/29/16 RF Carlos Beltran Hamstring is downgraded to doubtful Wednesday vs. Texas Rangers
06/10/16 1B Chris Parmelee Hamstring 15-day DL (6/10)
05/31/16 LF Dustin Ackley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/29), out for season
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 60-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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