Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers 8/16/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Skaggs vs. Ariel Jurado
The Los Angeles Angels visit Globe Life Park on Thursday, August 16, 2018 to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Tyler Skaggs for the Angels and Ariel Jurado for the Rangers.
The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -159 and Texas at +149. The Angels have a 56-61-4 over/under record and a 52-69-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 63-59-0 against the run line and have a 58-55-9 over/under record.
Valuable Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 56-61-4 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Angels are 52-69-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 58-55-9 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 63-59-0 against the run line
Key Los Angeles Angels Injuries
08/15/18 LF Chris Young Hamstring 60-day DL
08/13/18 P Tyler Skaggs Groin 10-day DL (08/12)
08/10/18 CF Mike Trout Wrist 10-day DL (08/06)
08/07/18 P Nick Tropeano Shoulder 10-day DL (08/07)
07/12/18 P Garrett Richards Forearm 60-day DL (07/11)
06/27/18 P John Lamb Elbow 60-day DL (06/27)
05/21/18 P Keynan Middleton Elbow 60-day DL (05/21)
05/21/18 P Matt Shoemaker Forearm 60-day DL (04/01)
05/21/18 C Rene Rivera Knee 60-day DL (05/17)
05/15/18 P Sean Isaac Elbow 10-day DL (05/14)
05/05/18 P JC Ramirez Elbow 60-day DL (04/09)
04/24/18 P Blake Wood Elbow 60-day DL (04/23)
03/26/18 P Alex Meyer Shoulder 60-day DL (02/21)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
08/15/18 3B Adrian Beltre Hamstring is "?" Thursday vs Los Angeles Angels
07/28/18 RF Ryan Rua Back 10-day DL (07/28)
07/20/18 RF Nomar Mazara Thumb 10-day DL (07/17)
07/04/18 P Tony Barnette Shoulder 60-day DL (07/04)
06/16/18 C Carlos Perez Ankle 10-day DL (06/16)
06/15/18 P Matt Bush Elbow 60-day DL (06/14)
06/10/18 P Doug Fister Knee 60-day DL (06/09)
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 Angels have a 61-60 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs has a 8-8 record with an earned run average of 3.78 and a WHIP of 1.31 this season. He has 123 strikeouts over his 116.2 innings pitched and he's given up 118 hits. He's allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.39. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 424 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen and they've struck out 447 hitters and walked 186 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.97. The Angels pitchers collectively have given up 1,003 base hits and 476 earned runs. They have allowed 158 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 406 batters and struck out 1,054. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .247, good for 17th in the league. The Angels hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Justin Upton is hitting .267 with an on-base percentage of .352. He has 117 hits this season in 439 at bats with 73 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .481 and an OPS+ of 127. Andrelton Simmons is hitting .300 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .352. He has totaled 122 hits and he has driven in 53 men in 407 at bats. His OPS+ is 112 while his slugging percentage is at .420. The Angels have 1,018 hits, including 198 doubles and 164 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 396 times so far this season and they have struck out 943 times as a unit. They have left 822 men on base and have a team OPS of .742. They score 4.59 runs per contest and have scored a total of 555 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 53-69 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.66, Ariel Jurado has a 2-2 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 8 strikeouts over the 20.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 21 hits. He's allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.69. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 403 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 375 batters and walked 141 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.9. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,158 base knocks and 591 earned runs this season. They have given up 168 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 352 hitters and struck out 842 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.75.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 19th in the league. The Rangers hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .332. He has 96 hits this year along with 58 RBI in 353 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .450 with an OPS+ of 103. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .279 this season and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 123 hits in 441 at bats while driving in 56 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .476. The Rangers as a unit have 1,013 base hits, including 207 doubles and 150 homers. Texas has walked 442 times this year and they have struck out on 1,161 occasions. They have had 852 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They have scored 4.8 runs per game and totaled 586 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Angels/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels -159
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