Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Martin Perez vs. Rich Hill
The Texas Rangers visit O.co Coliseum on Wednesday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Martin Perez for the Rangers and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +134 and Oakland at -144. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 20-18-1 over/under record and a 21-18-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Athletics are 19-20-0 against the run line and have a 19-18-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 22-17 record, including 8-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Martin Perez has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 3.23 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 28 strikeouts over his 47.1 innings pitched and he has given up 37 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.51. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 5.17 and they have given up 139 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .280 against the bullpen while being struck out 96 times and walking 52 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.86 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.79 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 346 base hits and 159 earned runs. They have allowed 51 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 138 batters and struck out 265. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.80.
As a team, Texas is batting .257, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .240 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.64 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .323. He has 40 hits this season along with 17 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 12 times and has walked 11 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .289 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 37 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 337 hits, including 68 doubles and 39 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Texas has walked 107 times this season and they've struck out 275 times as a unit. They've left 240 men on base and have a team OPS of .725. They score 4.62 runs per contest and have scored a total of 180 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 6-11 home record and a 17-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.68, Rich Hill has a 5-3 record and a 1.19 WHIP. He has 53 strikeouts over the 43.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 32 hits. He has allowed 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.05. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 128 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 131 times and walking 41 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.18 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.92 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.80. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 350 base knocks and 183 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 135 hitters and struck out 302. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.55.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .216 average at home. The Athletics hold a .386 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.33 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 35 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 17 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .316 and he has an OBP of .386. He has collected 43 hits so far while he's scored 17 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 22 times. The Athletics as a unit have 325 base hits, including 51 doubles and 42 homers. They have 20 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Oakland as a team has walked 92 times this year and they have struck out 265 times. They've had 248 men left on base and have an OPS of .682. They score 3.79 runs per game and have totaled 148 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 20-18-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 21-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 19-18-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 19-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-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 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9)
05/10/16 2B Jed Lowrie Shin 15-day DL (5/9)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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