Houston Astros at Texas Rangers MLB Game Picks 7/14/2019
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Ariel Jurado
Globe Life Park is the site where Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers (50-42, 3rd in AL West) will take on the Houston Astros (57-35, 1st in AL West) on Sunday. The Astros open this contest at -220 while the Rangers are coming in at +203. The over/under is set at 10.5.
The Astros have been an excellent bet for baseball wagerers, having gone 57-35-0 SU. The Rangers are covering 54.4% of the time, going 50-42-0 straight up. The Astros have been an excellent bet for baseball wagerers as a favorite, going 55-30-0 SU. The Rangers are covering 48.5% of the time as the underdog, having gone 32-34-0 straight up.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been a dicey Over pick for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 40-48-4.
Houston covers 51.2% of the time as the visitor, having gone 22-21-0 straight up.
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas covers 64.6% of the time at Globe Life Park, going 31-17-0 SU.
The Rangers have been a dicey Over pick for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 43-47-2.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
7/12/2019 Carlos Correa SS Ribs Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/12/2019 Alex Bregman 3B Head Probable for Jul 13
7/11/2019 Aledmys Diaz 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
7/1/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 15
6/9/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
7/12/2019 Yohander Mendez RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
7/12/2019 Hunter Pence DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Jul 13
7/11/2019 Luke Farrell SP Jaw Expected to be out until at least Jul 23
7/8/2019 Isiah Kiner-Falefa C Finger Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
7/5/2019 Kyle Dowdy RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 16
7/1/2019 Clayton Blackburn RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 15
6/28/2019 Jeffrey Springs RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
6/20/2019 Taylor Hearn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
5/22/2019 Edinson Volquez SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 57-35 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 10-4 record with an earned run average of 2.98 and a WHIP of 0.81 this season. He has 153 strikeouts over his 126.2 innings pitched and he's given up 76 hits. He's allowed 5.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.19. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 264 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen and they've struck out 332 hitters and walked 110 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 690 base hits and 361 earned runs. They have allowed 143 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 261 batters and struck out 925. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team Houston is hitting .268, good for 4th in the league. The Astros hold a .471 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .321 with an on-base percentage of .380. He has 109 hits this season in 340 at bats with 46 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .503 and an OPS+ of 134. George Springer is hitting .305 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .386. He has totaled 73 hits and he has driven in 46 men in 239 at bats. His OPS+ is 155 while his slugging percentage is at .586. The Astros have 843 hits, including 172 doubles and 146 home runs. Houston has walked 346 times so far this season and they have struck out 641 times as a unit. They have left 651 men on base and have a team OPS of .814. They score 5.07 runs per contest and have scored a total of 466 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 50-42 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.23, Ariel Jurado has a 5-4 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 48 strikeouts over the 66 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 71 hits. He's allowing 9.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.52. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.73 and they have given up 363 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 329 batters and walked 151 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.79. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 855 base knocks and 437 earned runs this season. They have given up 132 home runs this year, which ranks 8th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 318 hitters and struck out 777 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 13th in the league. The Rangers hold a .448 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Elvis Andrus comes into this matchup batting .304 with an OBP of .342. He has 102 hits this year along with 47 RBI in 335 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .451 with an OPS+ of 102. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .294 this season and he has an OBP of .389. He has collected 96 hits in 327 at bats while driving in 37 runs. He has an OPS+ of 128 and a slugging percentage of .505. The Rangers as a unit have 802 base hits, including 189 doubles and 130 homers. Texas has walked 325 times this year and they have struck out on 925 occasions. They have had 609 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They have scored 5.42 runs per game and totaled 499 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers +203
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