Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 6/8/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, June 8, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Doug Fister
Globe Life Park is the site of the matchup between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Friday, June 8, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Justin Verlander for the Astros and Doug Fister for the Rangers.
Houston opens at -206 while Texas opens at +191. The Astros have a 26-33-4 over/under record and a 34-29-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 29-35-0 against the run line and have a 30-29-5 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 26-33-4 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 34-29-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 30-29-5 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 29-35-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
06/07/18 SS Carlos Correa Side left last game, is "?" Thursday vs. Texas Rangers
05/29/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (05/29)
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 James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/08/18 LF Drew Robinson Hip 10-day DL (05/08)
04/30/18 P Martin Perez Elbow 10-day DL (04/30)
04/13/18 SS Elvis Andrus Elbow 60-day DL (04/12)
04/02/18 P Ricardo Rodriguez Elbow 60-day DL (04/02)
03/30/18 P Joe Palumbo Elbow 60-day DL (02/23)
03/26/18 P Clayton Blackburn Elbow 60-day DL (03/19)
03/26/18 P Ronald Herrera Shoulder 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 38-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 7-2 record with an earned run average of 1.24 and a WHIP of 0.72 this year. He has 104 strikeouts over his 87.1 innings pitched and he's given up 46 hits. He's allowed 4.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.09 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen and they've struck out 195 hitters and walked 44 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.9. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 433 base hits and 183 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 155 batters and struck out 646. They have walked 2.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.04 and their FIP as a unit is 3.16.
As a team Houston is hitting .258, good for 5th in the league. The Astros hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Jose Altuve is hitting .332 with an on-base percentage of .379. He has 85 hits this season in 256 at bats with 30 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .453 and an OPS+ of 136. George Springer is hitting .293 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 72 hits and he has driven in 37 men in 246 at bats. His OPS+ is 146 while his slugging percentage is at .512. The Astros have 553 hits, including 117 doubles and 72 home runs. Houston has walked 213 times so far this season and they have struck out 528 times as a unit. They have left 427 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 309 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 27-37 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.13, Doug Fister has a 1-6 record and a 1.38 WHIP this season. He has 38 strikeouts over the 61 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 67 hits. He allows 9.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.13. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 207 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 198 batters and walked 75 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.69. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 607 base knocks and 296 earned runs this season. They have given up 87 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 183 hitters and struck out 468 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.66.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 28th in the league. The Rangers hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .270 with an OBP of .342. He has 64 hits this year along with 39 RBI in 237 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .506 with an OPS+ of 122. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .263 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 62 hits in 236 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .445. The Rangers as a unit have 486 base hits, including 105 doubles and 77 homers. Texas has walked 221 times this year and they have struck out on 615 occasions. They have had 417 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They have scored 4.22 runs per game and totaled 270 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers +191
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