Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros 9/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Zack Greinke vs. Justin Verlander
Minute Maid Park is the site of the matchup between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Houston Astros on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Zack Greinke for the Diamondbacks and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
Arizona opens at +176 while Houston opens at -187. The Diamondbacks have a 66-76-6 over/under record and a 78-70-0 run line mark. The Astros are 75-72-0 against the run line and have a 64-75-8 over/under record.
Valuable Arizona Diamondbacks Betting Trends
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 66-76-6 against the over/under
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 78-70-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 64-75-8 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 75-72-0 against the run line
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
09/15/18 P Clay Buchholz Elbow is out for season
09/04/18 3B Jake Lamb Shoulder 60-day DL (09/04)
07/12/18 P Shelby Miller Elbow 60-day DL (07/12)
07/08/18 RF Jarrod Dyson Groin 60-day DL (07/05)
06/01/18 P Taijuan Walker Forearm is out for season
05/09/18 P Braden Shipley Elbow 10-day DL (05/07)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
09/15/18 RF George Springer Shoulder injured last game, is questionable Saturday vs Arizona Diamondbacks
08/05/18 P Lance McCullers Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (08/05)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Diamondbacks have a 78-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke has a 14-9 record with an earned run average of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.05 this year. He has 185 strikeouts over his 188 innings pitched and he's given up 161 hits. He's allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 434 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 437 hitters and walked 189 batters. As a team, Arizona allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.67. The Diamondbacks pitchers collectively have given up 1,190 base hits and 543 earned runs. They have allowed 162 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 457 batters and struck out 1,318. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.90.
As a team Arizona is hitting .238, good for 28th in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .299 with an on-base percentage of .401. He has 165 hits this season in 552 at bats with 83 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .558 and an OPS+ of 147. David Peralta is hitting .298 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 155 hits and he has driven in 80 men in 520 at bats. His OPS+ is 125 while his slugging percentage is at .519. The Diamondbacks have 1,187 hits, including 243 doubles and 156 home runs. Arizona has walked 529 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,326 times as a unit. They have left 1,011 men on base and have a team OPS of .713. They score 4.36 runs per contest and have scored a total of 646 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 92-55 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.72, Justin Verlander has a 15-9 record and a 0.94 WHIP this season. He has 258 strikeouts over the 195 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 149 hits. He allows 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.95. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.91 and they have given up 344 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 528 batters and walked 117 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.11. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,063 base knocks and 457 earned runs this season. They have given up 136 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 396 hitters and struck out 1,540 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.10 while their FIP as a staff is 3.20.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 8th in the league. The Astros hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Alex Bregman comes into this matchup batting .295 with an OBP of .398. He has 162 hits this year along with 100 RBI in 550 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .553 with an OPS+ of 163. Yuli Gurriel is hitting .277 this season and he has an OBP of .312. He has collected 134 hits in 484 at bats while driving in 71 runs. He has an OPS+ of 100 and a slugging percentage of .405. The Astros as a unit have 1,267 base hits, including 263 doubles and 188 homers. Houston has walked 513 times this year and they have struck out on 1,103 occasions. They have had 955 men left on base and have an OPS of .758. They have scored 4.94 runs per game and totaled 726 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Diamondbacks/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Diamondbacks +176
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