Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 6/9/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Charlie Morton vs. Mike Minor
Globe Life Park is the site of the matchup between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Charlie Morton for the Astros and Mike Minor for the Rangers.
Houston opens at -180 while Texas opens at +170. The Astros have a 26-34-4 over/under record and a 35-29-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 29-36-0 against the run line and have a 30-30-5 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 26-34-4 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 35-29-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 30-30-5 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 29-36-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
06/07/18 SS Carlos Correa Side is "?" Friday 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 39-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton has a 7-1 record with an earned run average of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.08 this year. He has 92 strikeouts over his 73 innings pitched and he's given up 56 hits. He's allowed 6.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.66. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.09 and they have given up 150 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 197 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 2.89. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 441 base hits and 185 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 158 batters and struck out 656. 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 3.14.
As a team Houston is hitting .258, good for 5th in the league. The Astros hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Jose Altuve is hitting .338 with an on-base percentage of .384. He has 88 hits this season in 260 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS+ of 139. George Springer is hitting .289 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .361. He has totaled 72 hits and he has driven in 37 men in 249 at bats. His OPS+ is 144 while his slugging percentage is at .506. The Astros have 562 hits, including 118 doubles and 74 home runs. Houston has walked 215 times so far this season and they have struck out 533 times as a unit. They have left 431 men on base and have a team OPS of .749. They score 4.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 314 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 27-38 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.76, Mike Minor has a 4-4 record and a 1.35 WHIP this season. He has 52 strikeouts over the 59.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 66 hits. He allows 10 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.78. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.62 and they have given up 209 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 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 616 base knocks and 301 earned runs this season. They have given up 89 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 185 hitters and struck out 473 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 4.67.
As a team, they are batting .229, good for 28th in the league. The Rangers hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.6 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .341. He has 64 hits this year along with 39 RBI in 240 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 120. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .267 this season and he has an OBP of .370. He has collected 64 hits in 240 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 116 and a slugging percentage of .446. The Rangers as a unit have 494 base hits, including 107 doubles and 77 homers. Texas has walked 224 times this year and they have struck out on 625 occasions. They have had 425 men left on base and have an OPS of .703. They have scored 4.18 runs per game and totaled 272 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers +170
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