Texas Rangers at Houston Astros 8/31/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Collin McHugh
The Texas Rangers visit Minute Maid Park on Thursday, August 31, 2017 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Collin McHugh for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +110 and Houston at -121. The Rangers have a 59-69-3 over/under record and a 73-58-0 run line mark. The Astros are 67-64-0 against the run line and have a 67-56-8 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 59-69-3 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 73-58-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 67-56-8 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 67-64-0 against the run line
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
08/21/17 P Matt Bush Knee 10-day DL (08/21)
04/03/17 SS Hanser Alberto Shoulder 60-day DL (03/30)
03/31/17 P Jake Diekman Abdominal 60-day DL (02/14)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/25/17 C Max Stassi Hand 10-day DL (08/25)
08/02/17 P Michael Feliz Shoulder 10-day DL (08/02)
08/02/17 P Tony Sipp Calf 10-day DL (08/02)
07/31/17 P Lance McCullers Back 10-day DL (07/31)
07/23/17 3B Colin Moran Facial 10-day DL (07/23)
07/18/17 SS Carlos Correa Thumb 10-day DL (07/18)
07/01/17 P David Paulino Suspension 80-game suspension (eligible to return for the 2018 season)
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 60-day DL (04/19)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 65-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 9-2 record with an earned run average of 3.78 and a WHIP of 1.15. He has 67 strikeouts over his 109.2 innings pitched and he's given up 90 hits. He allows 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.68. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.32 and they have given up 410 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen and they've struck out 385 hitters and walked 180 batters. As a team, Texas allows 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.45. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 1,138 base hits and 570 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season, ranking them 11th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 451 batters and struck out 901. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.38 and their FIP as a unit is 4.82.
As a team Texas is hitting .246, good for 25th in the league. The Rangers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.2 hits per game. Elvis Andrus is hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .340. He has 154 hits this season in 517 at bats with 67 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .468 and an OPS+ of 109. Nomar Mazara is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .335. He has totaled 114 hits and he has driven in 83 men in 443 at bats. His OPS+ is 99 while his slugging percentage is at .429. The Rangers have 1,071 hits, including 194 doubles and 201 home runs. Texas has walked 437 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,181 times as a unit. They have left 812 men on base and have a team OPS of .758. They score 5.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 651 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 79-52 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.63, Collin McHugh has a 2-2 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 39 strikeouts over the 39.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 37 hits. He allows 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 388 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 546 batters and walked 167 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,057 base knocks and 531 earned runs this season. They have given up 152 home runs this year, which ranks 23rd in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 421 hitters and struck out 1,290 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 3.84.
As a team, they are batting .285, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .488 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.9 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .356 with an OBP of .415. He has 175 hits this year along with 69 RBI in 492 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .565 with an OPS+ of 170. Josh Reddick is hitting .306 this season and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 124 hits in 405 at bats while driving in 65 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .474. The Astros as a unit have 1,293 base hits, including 275 doubles and 203 homers. Houston has walked 411 times this year and they have struck out on 878 occasions. They have had 889 men left on base and have an OPS of .837. They have scored 5.59 runs per game and totaled 727 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers +110
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