Houston Astros at Texas Rangers 7/4/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Mike Minor
The Houston Astros head to Globe Life Park on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to take on the Texas Rangers. The expected starting pitchers are Lance McCullers for the Astros and Mike Minor for the Rangers.
The odds for this matchup have Houston at -172 and Texas at +162. The Astros have a 38-43-5 over/under mark and a 45-41-0 run line record. The Rangers are 43-42-0 against the run line and have a 40-39-6 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 38-43-5 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 45-41-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 40-39-6 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 43-42-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/03)
07/02/18 RF George Springer Back is "?" Tuesday vs Texas Rangers
06/28/18 SS Carlos Correa Back 10-day DL (06/26)
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
06/27/18 1B Ronald Guzman Concussion 7-day DL (06/26)
06/16/18 C Carlos Perez Ankle 10-day DL (06/16)
06/16/18 P Martin Perez Elbow 60-day DL (04/30)
06/15/18 P Matt Bush Elbow 10-day DL (06/14)
06/10/18 P Doug Fister Knee 60-day DL (06/09)
05/08/18 LF Drew Robinson Hip 10-day DL (05/08)
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 55-31 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers has a 9-3 record with an earned run average of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.16 this year. He has 106 strikeouts over his 101.1 innings pitched and he's given up 79 hits. He allows 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.58 and they have given up 185 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 287 hitters and walked 59 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 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 2.84. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 591 base hits and 244 earned runs. They have allowed 77 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 226 batters and struck out 901. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.06 and their FIP as a unit is 3.08.
As a team Houston is hitting .261, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .253 with an on-base percentage of .332. He has 83 hits this season in 328 at bats with 42 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .442 and an OPS+ of 119. Jose Altuve is hitting .338 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .403. He has totaled 114 hits and he has driven in 41 men in 337 at bats. His OPS+ is 151 while his slugging percentage is at .478. The Astros have 766 hits, including 162 doubles and 109 home runs. Houston has walked 301 times so far this season and they have struck out 674 times as a unit. They have left 578 men on base and have a team OPS of .767. They score 5.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 433 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 38-47 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.64, Mike Minor has a 6-4 record and a 1.17 WHIP this season. He has 70 strikeouts over the 85.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 81 hits. He allows 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.18. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.72 and they have given up 271 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 268 batters and walked 97 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.7. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 797 base knocks and 395 earned runs this season. They have given up 110 home runs this year, which ranks 4th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 241 hitters and struck out 620 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.50.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 23rd in the league. The Rangers hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this matchup batting .283 with an OBP of .393. He has 89 hits this year along with 39 RBI in 315 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .483 with an OPS+ of 133. Nomar Mazara is hitting .282 this season and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 88 hits in 312 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 116 and a slugging percentage of .481. The Rangers as a unit have 679 base hits, including 140 doubles and 98 homers. Texas has walked 311 times this year and they have struck out on 799 occasions. They have had 588 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They have scored 4.56 runs per game and totaled 388 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Astros -172
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