Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers 9/18/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. Yovani Gallardo
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Globe Life Park on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Blake Snell for the Rays and Yovani Gallardo for the Rangers.
The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at -170 and Texas at +160. The Rays have a 65-77-6 over/under record and a 85-63-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 75-74-0 against the run line and have a 72-68-9 over/under record.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 65-77-6 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 85-63-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 72-68-9 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 75-74-0 against the run line
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
09/05/18 SS Daniel Robertson Thumb 60-day DL (08/04)
08/31/18 C Michael Perez Hamstring 10-day DL (08/29)
07/11/18 P Jose Alvarado Personal is out indefinitely
07/04/18 P Vidal Nuno Hamstring 10-day DL (07/04)
06/30/18 P Wilmer Font Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/18/18 3B Christian Arroyo Oblique 10-day DL (06/17)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
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 Rays have a 82-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Blake Snell has a 19-5 record with an earned run average of 2.03 and a WHIP of 0.98 this season. He has 195 strikeouts over his 164 innings pitched and he's given up 105 hits. He's allowed 5.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 640 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the bullpen and they've struck out 680 hitters and walked 263 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.64. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 1,120 base hits and 536 earned runs. They have allowed 142 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 458 batters and struck out 1,284. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.75.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .257, good for 5th in the league. The Rays hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Joey Wendle is hitting .292 with an on-base percentage of .342. He has 128 hits this season in 439 at bats with 52 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .421 and an OPS+ of 112. Matt Duffy is hitting .297 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .361. He has totaled 141 hits and he has driven in 42 men in 475 at bats. His OPS+ is 106 while his slugging percentage is at .371. The Rays have 1,288 hits, including 246 doubles and 137 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 478 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,266 times as a unit. They have left 1,045 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.34 runs per contest and have scored a total of 643 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 64-85 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.67, Yovani Gallardo has a 8-5 record and a 1.63 WHIP. He has 50 strikeouts over the 79.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 90 hits. He's allowing 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.31 and they have given up 516 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 486 batters and walked 191 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.5 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 4.97. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,398 base knocks and 729 earned runs this season. They have given up 209 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 442 hitters and struck out 1,039 batters. They give up a walk 3 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 4.79.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 23rd in the league. The Rangers hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .266 with an OBP of .327. He has 119 hits this year along with 74 RBI in 447 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .454 with an OPS+ of 102. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .270 this season and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 143 hits in 529 at bats while driving in 62 runs. He has an OPS+ of 117 and a slugging percentage of .448. The Rangers as a unit have 1,219 base hits, including 250 doubles and 183 homers. Texas has walked 531 times this year and they have struck out on 1,364 occasions. They have had 1,022 men left on base and have an OPS of .733. They have scored 4.72 runs per game and totaled 703 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays -170
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