Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers MLB Picks 8/15/2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Devin Smeltzer vs. Pedro Payano
Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers (59-59, 3rd in AL West) play the Minnesota Twins (71-47, 2nd in AL Central) at Globe Life Park on Thursday, August 15, 2019.
The Twins have been a very good pick for baseball bettors, having gone 71-47-0 SU. Texas is covering 50.0% of the time, going 59-59-0 straight up.
Valuable Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Twins have been a hot and cold Under pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 60-52-6.
The Twins are covering 62.5% of the time away from home, having gone 35-21-0 straight up.
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
Texas is covering 61.4% of the time at Globe Life Park, going 35-22-0 SU.
The Rangers have been a good Under pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 55-60-3.
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
8/12/2019 Sam Dyson RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/9/2019 Nelson Cruz DH Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/7/2019 LaMonte Wade RF Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
8/6/2019 Willians Astudillo C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/3/2019 Michael Pineda SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/3/2019 Byron Buxton CF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 3
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
8/5/2019 Taylor Hearn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
7/31/2019 Clayton Blackburn RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/28/2019 Jesse Biddle RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/28/2019 Edinson Volquez SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
7/26/2019 Yohander Mendez RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/25/2019 Joey Gallo CF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
7/23/2019 Luke Farrell SP Jaw Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
6/28/2019 Jeffrey Springs RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
5/13/2019 Nate Jones RP Forearm Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Twins have a 71-47 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Devin Smeltzer has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 3.66 and a WHIP of 1.09 this season. He has 25 strikeouts over his 32 innings pitched and he's given up 27 hits. He's allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.44. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 405 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen and they've struck out 416 hitters and walked 142 batters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Twins pitchers collectively have given up 1,040 base hits and 493 earned runs. They have allowed 149 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 338 batters and struck out 1,035. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team Minnesota is hitting .270, good for 4th in the league. The Twins hold a .497 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.6 hits per game. Max Kepler is hitting .261 with an on-base percentage of .335. He has 114 hits this season in 437 at bats with 78 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .542 and an OPS+ of 127. Jorge Polanco is hitting .295 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 138 hits and he has driven in 56 men in 468 at bats. His OPS+ is 121 while his slugging percentage is at .491. The Twins have 1,127 hits, including 237 doubles and 228 home runs. Minnesota has walked 369 times so far this season and they have struck out 958 times as a unit. They have left 804 men on base and have a team OPS of .833. They score 5.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 675 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 59-59 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.86, Pedro Payano has a 1-1 record and a 1.71 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 18.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 20 hits. He's allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.93 and they have given up 455 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 426 batters and walked 194 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.98. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,102 base knocks and 579 earned runs this season. They have given up 172 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 413 hitters and struck out 1,010 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.76.Related: Robert Ferringo teaches you 4 reasons you should be betting NFL Preseason on this exclusive YouTube Video - Here
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 17th in the league. The Rangers hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Elvis Andrus comes into this matchup batting .282 with an OBP of .320. He has 121 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 429 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .415 with an OPS+ of 86. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .272 this season and he has an OBP of .372. He has collected 113 hits in 416 at bats while driving in 45 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .478. The Rangers as a unit have 1,004 base hits, including 224 doubles and 169 homers. Texas has walked 394 times this year and they have struck out on 1,170 occasions. They have had 769 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 5.14 runs per game and totaled 607 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Twins/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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