Thursday, September 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Derek Holland vs. Taijuan Walker
The Texas Rangers visit Safeco Field on Thursday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are Derek Holland for the Rangers and Taijuan Walker for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at -105 and Seattle at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 70-61-8 over/under record and a 75-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Mariners are 68-70-0 against the run line and have a 71-62-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 83-56 record, including 36-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Derek Holland has a 7-6 record with an earned run average of 4.57 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 55 strikeouts over his 90.2 innings pitched and he has given up 92 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.54. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 459 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the bullpen while being struck out 363 times and walking 164 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.08 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.40. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 1,250 base hits and 605 earned runs. They have allowed 172 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 460 batters and struck out 973. 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 4.62.
As a team, Texas is batting .265, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .439 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.05 hits per game. Ian Desmond comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .337. He has 158 hits this season along with 98 runs scored and 81 runs batted in. He's struck out 143 times and has walked 38 times. Adrian Beltre is hitting .293 and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 148 hits so far while scoring 79 runs and he's driven in 92. He has walked 44 times and has struck out 58 times. The Rangers have 1,258 hits, including 220 doubles and 187 home runs. They've stolen 82 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Texas has walked 377 times this season and they've struck out 1,043 times as a unit. They've left 886 men on base and have a team OPS of .764. They score 4.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 679 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 38-31 home record and a 70-68 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.60, Taijuan Walker has a 4-10 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 89 strikeouts over the 103.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 103 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.22. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.93 and they have given up 406 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 472 times and walking 159 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.17 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,227 base knocks and 580 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 191 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 397 hitters and struck out 1,123. 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 4.43.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Mariners hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.89 hits per contest. Kyle Seager comes into this matchup batting .292 and he has an OBP of .372. He has 147 hits this year along with 79 runs scored and 88 RBI. He's struck out 86 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Robinson Cano is hitting .304 and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 170 hits so far while he's scored 90 runs and drove in 86. He has earned a walk 38 times and has punched out 84 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,227 base hits, including 210 doubles and 188 homers. They have 44 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 27 times. Seattle as a team has walked 431 times this year and they have struck out 1,085 times. They've had 929 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.7 runs per game and have totaled 648 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 70-61-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 75-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 71-62-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 68-70-0 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)
09/06/16 2B Robinson Cano Calf left last game, "?" Wednesday vs. Texas Rangers
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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