Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers 8/31/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 31, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Stephen Gonsalves vs. Drew Hutchison
The Minnesota Twins head to Globe Life Park on Friday, August 31, 2018 to take on the Texas Rangers. The expected starting pitchers are Stephen Gonsalves for the Twins and Drew Hutchison for the Rangers.
The odds for this matchup have Minnesota at +112 and Texas at -122. The Twins have a 62-66-4 over/under mark and a 69-63-0 run line record. The Rangers are 68-66-0 against the run line and have a 63-62-9 over/under record.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 62-66-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 69-63-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 63-62-9 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 68-66-0 against the run line
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
08/19/18 P Ervin Santana Finger 10-day DL (08/19)
08/12/18 1B Logan Morrison Hip 7-day DL (08/11)
08/11/18 P Adalberto Mejia Wrist 10-day DL (08/10)
08/08/18 P Matt Belisle Knee 10-day DL (08/08)
07/14/18 P Aaron Slegers Shoulder 10-day DL (07/11)
06/10/18 C Jason Castro Knee is out for season
03/26/18 P Michael Pineda Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Trevor May Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
08/25/18 P Bartolo Colon Back 10-day DL (08/21)
08/17/18 CF Delino DeShields Finger 10-day DL (08/17)
07/28/18 RF Ryan Rua Back 10-day DL (07/28)
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 Twins have a 62-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 11.37 and a WHIP of 3.00 this year. He has 5 strikeouts over his 6.1 innings pitched and he's given up 13 hits. He allows 18.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.95. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.47 and they have given up 496 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the bullpen and they've struck out 487 hitters and walked 165 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 1,193 base hits and 592 earned runs. They have allowed 165 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 456 batters and struck out 1,139. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.37.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .245, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Joe Mauer is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .351. He has 106 hits this season in 383 at bats with 39 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .376 and an OPS+ of 98. Eddie Rosario is hitting .291 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 153 hits and he has driven in 74 men in 525 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .484. The Twins have 1,102 hits, including 257 doubles and 139 home runs. Minnesota has walked 435 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,108 times as a unit. They have left 882 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 4.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 583 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 58-76 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.52, Drew Hutchison has a 2-2 record and a 1.78 WHIP this season. He has 29 strikeouts over the 38.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 44 hits. He allows 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.37. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 443 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 429 batters and walked 155 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.96. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,271 base knocks and 656 earned runs this season. They have given up 185 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 387 hitters and struck out 939 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.73.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 22nd in the league. The Rangers hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .389. He has 135 hits this year along with 60 RBI in 483 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .472 with an OPS+ of 125. Nomar Mazara is hitting .264 this season and he has an OBP of .326. He has collected 105 hits in 398 at bats while driving in 61 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .435. The Rangers as a unit have 1,103 base hits, including 221 doubles and 159 homers. Texas has walked 484 times this year and they have struck out on 1,248 occasions. They have had 931 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They have scored 4.71 runs per game and totaled 631 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers -122
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