Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics 8/22/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Edwin Jackson
The Texas Rangers visit Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Mike Minor for the Rangers and Edwin Jackson for the Athletics.
The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +173 and Oakland at -183. The Rangers have a 61-57-9 over/under record and a 66-61-0 run line mark. The Athletics are 63-62-0 against the run line and have a 57-59-9 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 61-57-9 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 66-61-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 57-59-9 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 63-62-0 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 56-71 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Minor has a 9-6 record with an earned run average of 4.61 and a WHIP of 1.16 this season. He has 100 strikeouts over his 123 innings pitched and he's given up 116 hits. He's allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.45. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have given up 419 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen and they've struck out 395 hitters and walked 146 batters. As a team, Texas allows 9.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.97. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 1,213 base hits and 624 earned runs. They have allowed 177 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 363 batters and struck out 883. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 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 .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Nomar Mazara is hitting .272 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 101 hits this season in 372 at bats with 60 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .452 and an OPS+ of 103. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .283 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .395. He has totaled 129 hits and he has driven in 57 men in 456 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .478. The Rangers have 1,058 hits, including 216 doubles and 154 home runs. Texas has walked 457 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,194 times as a unit. They have left 883 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.81 runs per contest and have scored a total of 611 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 75-50 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.58, Edwin Jackson has a 4-2 record and a 1.06 WHIP. He has 43 strikeouts over the 59.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 44 hits. He's allowing 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.26. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.37 and they have given up 385 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 456 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 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,026 base knocks and 478 earned runs this season. They have given up 142 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 357 hitters and struck out 960 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 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 4.15.
As a team, they are batting .250, good for 12th in the league. The Athletics hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Marcus Semien comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .325. He has 133 hits this year along with 46 RBI in 499 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .391 with an OPS+ of 100. Jed Lowrie is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 125 hits in 465 at bats while driving in 76 runs. He has an OPS+ of 126 and a slugging percentage of .462. The Athletics as a unit have 1,078 base hits, including 252 doubles and 170 homers. Oakland has walked 408 times this year and they have struck out on 1,061 occasions. They have had 846 men left on base and have an OPS of .756. They have scored 4.76 runs per game and totaled 595 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers +173
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