Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics 8/20/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, August 20, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Yovani Gallardo vs. Mike Fiers
The Texas Rangers visit Oakland Coliseum on Monday, August 20, 2018 to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Yovani Gallardo for the Rangers and Mike Fiers for the Athletics.
The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +149 and Oakland at -159. The Rangers have a 60-56-9 over/under record and a 65-60-0 run line mark. The Athletics are 62-61-0 against the run line and have a 55-59-9 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 60-56-9 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 65-60-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 55-59-9 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 62-61-0 against the run line
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
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)
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
08/06/18 LF Jake Smolinski Blood Clot 60-day DL (08/05)
07/25/18 P Kendall Graveman Elbow is out for season
07/14/18 P Andrew Triggs Forearm 60-day DL (05/18)
07/08/18 P Paul Blackburn Elbow 10-day DL (07/07)
07/07/18 RF Matt Joyce Back 10-day DL (07/05)
06/26/18 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL (06/24)
06/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 60-day DL (04/07)
06/06/18 P Daniel Gossett Elbow 60-day DL (06/04)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 55-70 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has a 7-2 record with an earned run average of 6.39 and a WHIP of 1.62 this season. He has 33 strikeouts over his 56.1 innings pitched and he's given up 62 hits. He's allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.19 and they have given up 415 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 387 hitters and walked 143 batters. As a team, Texas allows 9.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.96. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 1,193 base hits and 613 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season, ranking them 2nd in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 358 batters and struck out 866. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team Texas is hitting .246, good for 19th in the league. The Rangers hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .281 with an on-base percentage of .394. He has 126 hits this season in 449 at bats with 57 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .477 and an OPS+ of 128. Nomar Mazara is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .334. He has totaled 99 hits and he has driven in 60 men in 364 at bats. His OPS+ is 104 while his slugging percentage is at .453. The Rangers have 1,044 hits, including 213 doubles and 153 home runs. Texas has walked 453 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,180 times as a unit. They have left 872 men on base and have a team OPS of .741. They score 4.86 runs per contest and have scored a total of 607 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 74-49 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.38, Mike Fiers has a 8-6 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 100 strikeouts over the 130.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 131 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.36 and they have given up 379 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 449 batters and walked 172 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,010 base knocks and 469 earned runs this season. They have given up 137 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 356 hitters and struck out 940 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 15th in the league. The Athletics hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .351. He has 125 hits this year along with 76 RBI in 459 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .468 with an OPS+ of 128. Marcus Semien is hitting .262 this season and he has an OBP of .321. He has collected 129 hits in 492 at bats while driving in 45 runs. He has an OPS+ of 98 and a slugging percentage of .386. The Athletics as a unit have 1,056 base hits, including 248 doubles and 163 homers. Oakland has walked 402 times this year and they have struck out on 1,044 occasions. They have had 832 men left on base and have an OPS of .752. They have scored 4.73 runs per game and totaled 582 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers +149
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