Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. Ariel Miranda
The Texas Rangers visit Safeco Field on Wednesday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and Ariel Miranda for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at -105 and Seattle at -105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rangers have a 69-61-8 over/under record and a 74-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Mariners are 68-69-0 against the run line and have a 70-62-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 82-56 record, including 35-34 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has a 7-3 record with an earned run average of 4.41 and a WHIP of 1.28. He has 88 strikeouts over his 102 innings pitched and he has given up 95 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.34. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.83 and they have given up 454 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the bullpen while being struck out 359 times and walking 162 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.07 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.08 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.40. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 1,238 base hits and 600 earned runs. They have allowed 170 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 456 batters and struck out 966. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.61.
As a team, Texas is batting .265, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.01 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .292 and his on-base percentage is at .352. He has 146 hits this season along with 78 runs scored and 91 runs batted in. He's struck out 58 times and has walked 43 times. Ian Desmond is hitting .289 and he has an on-base percentage of .337. He has totaled 158 hits so far while scoring 96 runs and he's driven in 81. He has walked 37 times and has struck out 141 times. The Rangers have 1,243 hits, including 213 doubles and 185 home runs. They've stolen 82 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Texas has walked 371 times this season and they've struck out 1,033 times as a unit. They've left 871 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 4.85 runs per contest and have scored a total of 669 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 38-30 home record and a 70-67 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.76, Ariel Miranda has a 2-1 record and a 1.45 WHIP. He has 23 strikeouts over the 29.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 31 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 400 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 470 times and walking 153 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.16 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,212 base knocks and 572 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 189 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 391 hitters and struck out 1,113. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .258 average at home. The Mariners hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Robinson Cano comes into this matchup batting .305 and he has an OBP of .354. He has 169 hits this year along with 90 runs scored and 86 RBI. He's struck out 84 times and has walked on 38 occasions. Kyle Seager is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .370. He has collected 145 hits so far while he's scored 78 runs and drove in 86. He has earned a walk 59 times and has punched out 84 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,215 base hits, including 207 doubles and 186 homers. They have 44 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 27 times. Seattle as a team has walked 427 times this year and they have struck out 1,078 times. They've had 919 men left on base and have an OPS of .754. They score 4.68 runs per game and have totaled 641 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 69-61-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 74-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 70-62-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 68-69-0 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 15-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
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
07/30/16 P Nathan Karns Back 60-day DL (7/30)
06/30/16 C Steve Clevenger Hand 60-day DL (6/29)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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