Saturday, June 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cesar Ramos vs. Carlos Martinez
The Texas Rangers visit Busch Stadium on Saturday to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Cesar Ramos for the Rangers and Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at 0 and St. Louis at 0. The over/under was set at 0. The Rangers have a 36-30-1 over/under record and a 41-26-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 61% of the time. The Cardinals are 35-30-0 against the run line and have a 39-24-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 42-25 record, including 18-15 on the road. Starting pitcher Cesar Ramos has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 4.88 and a WHIP of 1.72. He has 18 strikeouts over his 31.1 innings pitched and he has given up 39 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.91. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.99 and they have given up 224 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .277 against the bullpen while being struck out 169 times and walking 72 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.76 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 583 base hits and 267 earned runs. They have allowed 82 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 211 batters and struck out 453. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team, Texas is batting .266, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.07 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .278 and his on-base percentage is at .329. He has 64 hits this season along with 31 runs scored and 42 runs batted in. He's struck out 25 times and has walked 17 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .283 and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 64 hits so far while scoring 30 runs and he's driven in 26. He has walked 16 times and has struck out 30 times. The Rangers have 608 hits, including 114 doubles and 83 home runs. They've stolen 43 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Texas has walked 176 times this season and they've struck out 479 times as a unit. They've left 419 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 4.87 runs per contest and have scored a total of 326 runs so far this year.
St. Louis comes into this matchup with a 15-18 home record and a 35-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.46, Carlos Martinez has a 7-5 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He has 62 strikeouts over the 75.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 59 hits. He has allowed 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.72. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 158 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Cardinals bullpen while being struck out 196 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, St. Louis has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.75 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 540 base knocks and 263 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. St. Louis as a staff has walked 183 hitters and struck out 498. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.86.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Cardinals hold a .454 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.25 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .288 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 64 hits this year along with 44 runs scored and 42 RBI. He's struck out 48 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Yadier Molina is hitting .278 and he has an OBP of .352. He has collected 62 hits so far while he's scored 24 runs and drove in 23. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 28 times. The Cardinals as a unit have 602 base hits, including 127 doubles and 87 homers. They have 16 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. St. Louis as a team has walked 221 times this year and they have struck out 509 times. They've had 460 men left on base and have an OPS of .792. They score 5.43 runs per game and have totaled 353 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 36-30-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 41-26-0 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 39-24-2 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 35-30-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
St. Louis Cardinals
05/26/16 P Mitch Harris Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
05/15/16 P Seth Maness Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
04/04/16 C Brayan Pena Knee 15-day DL (4/1)
04/04/16 P Jordan Walden Abdominal 15-day DL (3/31)
04/04/16 P Lance Lynn Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
04/04/16 CF Thomas Pham Oblique 15-day DL (4/4)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers
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