Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Expert MLB Picks Against the Spread 4/2/2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Shelby Miller
The Houston Astros visit Globe Life Park on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Justin Verlander for the Astros and Shelby Miller for the Rangers.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -188 and Texas at +177. The Astros have a 0-4-0 over/under record and a 1-3-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 2-1-0 against the run line and have a 3-0-0 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 0-4-0 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 1-3-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 3-0-0 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 2-1-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
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 1-3 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 1.29 and a WHIP of 0.57 this season. He has 9 strikeouts over his 7 innings pitched and he's given up 3 hits. He's allowed 3.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.64. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.00 and they have given up 6 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the bullpen and they've struck out 14 hitters and walked 1 batter. As a team, Houston allows 6.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 12.5 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.18. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 25 base hits and 8 earned runs. They have allowed 3 home runs this season, ranking them 17th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 3 batters and struck out 46. They have walked 0.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 12.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 0.85 and their FIP as a unit is 1.92.
As a team Houston is hitting .213, good for 23rd in the league. The Astros hold a .362 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .275, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 6.8 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .267 with an on-base percentage of .353. He has 4 hits this season in 15 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .467 and an OPS+ of 146. Michael Brantley is hitting .385 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 5 hits and he has driven in 3 men in 13 at bats. His OPS+ is 218 while his slugging percentage is at .692. The Astros have 27 hits, including 4 doubles and 5 home runs. Houston has walked 10 times so far this season and they have struck out 31 times as a unit. They have left 21 men on base and have a team OPS of .638. They score 2.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 9 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 2-1 overall mark this year. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.82 and they have given up 18 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .340 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 10 batters and walked 12 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 13 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 9.33. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 39 base knocks and 28 earned runs this season. They have given up 6 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 18 hitters and struck out 21 batters. They give up a walk 6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 2.11 while their FIP as a staff is 6.51.
As a team, they are batting .286, good for 4th in the league. The Rangers hold a .561 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .403, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Joey Gallo comes into this matchup batting .250 with an OBP of .357. He has 3 hits this year along with 3 RBI in 12 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .583 with an OPS+ of 161. Elvis Andrus is hitting .462 this season and he has an OBP of .500. He has collected 6 hits in 13 at bats while driving in 2 runs. He has an OPS+ of 234 and a slugging percentage of .692. The Rangers as a unit have 28 base hits, including 4 doubles and 7 homers. Texas has walked 20 times this year and they have struck out on 27 occasions. They have had 20 men left on base and have an OPS of .965. They have scored 7.67 runs per game and totaled 23 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros -188
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