Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers 8/18/2017 Free MLB Pick and Parlay
Friday, August 18, 2017
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: James Shields vs. Andrew Cashner
The Chicago White Sox visit Globe Life Park on Friday, August 18, 2017 to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are James Shields for the White Sox and Andrew Cashner for the Rangers.
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The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +180 and Texas at -192. The White Sox have a 56-56-5 over/under record and a 61-56-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 68-51-0 against the run line and have a 52-64-3 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 56-56-5 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 61-56-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 52-64-3 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 68-51-0 against the run line
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
08/08/17 3B Matt Davidson Wrist 10-day DL (08/04)
08/01/17 LF Willy Garcia Concussion 10-day DL (08/01)
06/28/17 P Zach Putnam Elbow 60-day DL (04/23)
05/15/17 C Geovany Soto Elbow 60-day DL (05/08)
05/04/17 P Nate Jones Elbow 10-day DL (05/01)
04/23/17 CF Charlie Tilson Foot 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
08/16/17 CF Carlos Gomez Illness "?" Thursday vs. Chicago White Sox
08/12/17 P Cole Hamels Knee left last game, "?" for next scheduled start
04/03/17 SS Hanser Alberto Shoulder 60-day DL (03/30)
03/31/17 P Jake Diekman Abdominal 60-day DL (02/14)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The White Sox have a 45-72 overall record this season. Starting pitcher James Shields has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 5.90 and a WHIP of 1.57. He has 58 strikeouts over his 68.2 innings pitched and he's given up 76 hits. He allows 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.39. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 362 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen and they've struck out 402 hitters and walked 171 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.72. The White Sox pitchers collectively have given up 1,026 base hits and 538 earned runs. They have allowed 175 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 453 batters and struck out 893. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 5.08.
As a team Chicago is hitting .256, good for 15th in the league. The White Sox hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Jose Abreu is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .345. He has 136 hits this season in 464 at bats with 72 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .517 and an OPS+ of 129. Tim Anderson is hitting .242 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .262. He has totaled 102 hits and he has driven in 40 men in 422 at bats. His OPS+ is 73 while his slugging percentage is at .391. The White Sox have 1,022 hits, including 184 doubles and 133 home runs. Chicago has walked 287 times so far this season and they have struck out 991 times as a unit. They have left 761 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 4.31 runs per contest and have scored a total of 504 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 59-60 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.32, Andrew Cashner has a 7-9 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 59 strikeouts over the 114 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 107 hits. He allows 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.42. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.38 and they have given up 372 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 357 batters and walked 164 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.43. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,035 base knocks and 520 earned runs this season. They have given up 159 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 404 hitters and struck out 839 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.79.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 26th in the league. The Rangers hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Elvis Andrus comes into this matchup batting .299 with an OBP of .340. He has 141 hits this year along with 64 RBI in 472 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .483 with an OPS+ of 113. Nomar Mazara is hitting .258 this season and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 104 hits in 403 at bats while driving in 77 runs. He has an OPS+ of 100 and a slugging percentage of .432. The Rangers as a unit have 972 base hits, including 179 doubles and 186 homers. Texas has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out on 1,084 occasions. They have had 730 men left on base and have an OPS of .756. They have scored 5.02 runs per game and totaled 597 runs this season.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Rangers -192 and over 11.5 total runs
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