Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 4/1/2019
Monday, April 1, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Brad Peacock vs. Drew Smyly
The Houston Astros visit Globe Life Park on Monday, April 1, 2019 to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Brad Peacock for the Astros and Drew Smyly for the Rangers.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -165 and Texas at +155. The Astros have a 0-3-0 over/under record and a 1-2-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 1-1-0 against the run line and have a 2-0-0 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 0-3-0 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 1-2-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 2-0-0 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 1-1-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
03/30/19 SS Carlos Correa Neck is questionable Sunday vs Tampa Bay Rays
03/28/19 P Joe Smith Achilles 10-day IL (03/25)
03/28/19 P Lance McCullers Jr Elbow 10-day IL (03/25); is out for season
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
03/25/19 P Luke Farrell Jaw 60-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 RF Scott Heineman Shoulder 60-day IL
03/25/19 P Yohander Mendez Elbow is out indefinitely
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 1-2 overall record this season. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.29 and they have given up 6 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen and they've struck out 10 hitters and walked 1 batter. As a team, Houston allows 6.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 13.7 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 1.8. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 17 base hits and 5 earned runs. They have allowed 2 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 3 batters and struck out 38. They have walked 1.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 13.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.80 and their FIP as a unit is 1.64.
As a team Houston is hitting .242, good for 15th in the league. The Astros hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .333 with an on-base percentage of .385. He has 4 hits this season in 12 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .583 and an OPS+ of 200. Michael Brantley is hitting .417 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .417. He has totaled 5 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 12 at bats. His OPS+ is 259 while his slugging percentage is at .750. The Astros have 24 hits, including 4 doubles and 4 home runs. Houston has walked 9 times so far this season and they have struck out 25 times as a unit. They have left 20 men on base and have a team OPS of .716. They score 2.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 8 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 1-1 overall mark this year. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.71 and they have given up 11 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .297 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 6 batters and walked 9 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 11 hits per nine innings while striking out 6 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 9. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 22 base knocks and 18 earned runs this season. They have given up 4 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 15 hitters and struck out 12 batters. They give up a walk 7.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 2.06 while their FIP as a staff is 7.10.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 5th in the league. The Rangers hold a .500 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .397, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Joey Gallo comes into this matchup batting .143 with an OBP of .333. He has 1 hit this year along with 3 RBI in 7 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .571 with an OPS+ of 161. Elvis Andrus is hitting .625 this season and he has an OBP of .667. He has collected 5 hits in 8 at bats while driving in 2 runs. He has an OPS+ of 384 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. The Rangers as a unit have 17 base hits, including 3 doubles and 4 homers. Texas has walked 14 times this year and they have struck out on 20 occasions. They have had 15 men left on base and have an OPS of .897. They have scored 6 runs per game and totaled 12 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros -165
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