Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox 5/17/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, May 17, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. James Shields
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The Texas Rangers head to Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to take on the Chicago White Sox. The expected starting pitchers are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and James Shields for the White Sox.
The odds for this matchup have Texas at -133 and Chicago at +123. The Rangers have a 22-18-3 over/under mark and a 18-25-0 run line record. The White Sox are 19-19-0 against the run line and have a 19-17-2 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 22-18-3 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 18-25-0 against the run line
Important Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 19-17-2 against the over/under
The Chicago White Sox are 19-19-0 against the run line
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/15/18 3B Adrian Beltre Hamstring 10-day DL (05/14)
05/08/18 LF Drew Robinson Hip 10-day DL (05/08)
05/02/18 P Chris Martin Forearm 10-day DL (05/01)
04/30/18 P Martin Perez Elbow 10-day DL (04/30)
04/22/18 CF Carlos Tocci Hip 10-day DL (04/22)
04/16/18 P Tim Lincecum Blister 60-day DL (03/26)
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)
Key Chicago White Sox Injuries
04/26/18 RF Avisail Garcia Hamstring 10-day DL (04/24)
04/24/18 P Danny Farquhar Head 60-day DL (04/21)
04/23/18 P Miguel Gonzalez Rotator Cuff 10-day DL (04/23)
03/29/18 P Carlos Rodon Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 C Kevan Smith Ankle 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 16-27 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 3.48 and a WHIP of 1.28 this year. He has 57 strikeouts over his 51.2 innings pitched and he's given up 45 hits. He allows 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.82. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.27 and they have given up 153 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen and they've struck out 143 hitters and walked 58 batters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.84. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 400 base hits and 201 earned runs. They have allowed 58 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 135 batters and struck out 318. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.79.
As a team Texas is hitting .229, good for 27th in the league. The Rangers hold a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. Nomar Mazara is hitting .284 with an on-base percentage of .343. He has 44 hits this season in 155 at bats with 26 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .523 and an OPS+ of 125. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .245 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .320. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 159 at bats. His OPS+ is 89 while his slugging percentage is at .396. The Rangers have 322 hits, including 68 doubles and 50 home runs. Texas has walked 121 times so far this season and they have struck out 424 times as a unit. They have left 269 men on base and have a team OPS of .689. They score 3.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 163 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 10-28 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.44, James Shields has a 1-4 record and a 1.38 WHIP this season. He has 28 strikeouts over the 48 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 44 hits. He allows 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.59 and they have given up 158 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .277 against the White Sox bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 147 batters and walked 68 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.35. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 341 base knocks and 196 earned runs this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 175 hitters and struck out 264 batters. They give up a walk 4.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.56 while their FIP as a staff is 5.04.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 18th in the league. The White Sox hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Tim Anderson comes into this matchup batting .237 with an OBP of .298. He has 33 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 139 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .432 with an OPS+ of 98. Jose Abreu is hitting .284 this season and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 40 hits in 141 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 129 and a slugging percentage of .489. The White Sox as a unit have 307 base hits, including 57 doubles and 46 homers. Chicago has walked 107 times this year and they have struck out on 347 occasions. They have had 243 men left on base and have an OPS of .723. They have scored 3.97 runs per game and totaled 147 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/White Sox MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers -133
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