Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers MLB Picks 9/12/2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Brendan McKay vs. Kolby Allard
Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers (72-74, 3rd in AL West) host the Tampa Bay Rays (87-59, 2nd in AL East) at Globe Life Park on Thursday, September 12, 2019. The Rangers open this game at +130 while the Rays are coming in at -140. The total opens at 10.5.
The Rays have been strong for wagerers, having gone 87-59-0 SU. Texas covers 49.3% of the time, going 72-74-0 straight up.
Valuable Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Rays have been a pretty good Over pick for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 69-69-8.
Tampa Bay covers 62.0% of the time as the road team, having gone 44-27-0 straight up.
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Rangers are covering 57.1% of the time at Globe Life Park, going 40-30-0 SU.
The Rangers have been a pretty good Over pick for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 65-77-4.
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
9/11/2019 Blake Snell SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/11/2019 Avisail Garcia RF Hip Probable for Sep 11
9/10/2019 Kevin Kiermaier CF Neck Probable for Sep 11
9/10/2019 Brandon Lowe 2B Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/10/2019 Hoby Milner RP Neck Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
9/10/2019 Eric Sogard 2B Foot Probable for Sep 11
9/6/2019 Yonny Chirinos SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/5/2019 Jose Alvarado RP Elbow Out for the season
8/30/2019 Yandy Diaz 3B Foot Out for the season
4/2/2019 Jose Mujica SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/11/2019 Joey Gallo CF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/10/2019 Nomar Mazara RF Oblique Probable for Sep 11
9/10/2019 Logan Forsythe 1B Ribs Probable for Sep 11
9/1/2019 Hunter Pence DH Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
8/26/2019 Jesse Chavez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2019 Clayton Blackburn RP Elbow Out for the season
8/5/2019 Taylor Hearn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
7/28/2019 Jesse Biddle RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
5/13/2019 Nate Jones RP Forearm Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rays have a 87-59 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brendan McKay has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 5.03 and a WHIP of 1.37 this season. He has 48 strikeouts over his 39.1 innings pitched and he's given up 42 hits. He's allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.33. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.73 and they have given up 595 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen and they've struck out 716 hitters and walked 238 batters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Rays pitchers collectively have given up 1,144 base hits and 530 earned runs. They have allowed 163 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 408 batters and struck out 1,451. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 3.66.
As a team Tampa Bay is hitting .254, good for 13th in the league. The Rays hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Austin Meadows is hitting .289 with an on-base percentage of .358. He has 136 hits this season in 471 at bats with 80 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .561 and an OPS+ of 140. Tommy Pham is hitting .279 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 141 hits and he has driven in 61 men in 505 at bats. His OPS+ is 124 while his slugging percentage is at .463. The Rays have 1,286 hits, including 266 doubles and 192 home runs. Tampa Bay has walked 484 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,328 times as a unit. They have left 1,027 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.71 runs per contest and have scored a total of 688 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 72-74 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.78, Kolby Allard has a 4-0 record and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 33.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 35 hits. He's allowing 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.94. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.63 and they have given up 554 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 541 batters and walked 236 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.83. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,349 base knocks and 697 earned runs this season. They have given up 206 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 512 hitters and struck out 1,233 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 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 4.71.Related: Gambling 101 - MLB Betting Tips - Tony George of Doc's Sports
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 20th in the league. The Rangers hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Elvis Andrus comes into this matchup batting .273 with an OBP of .312. He has 146 hits this year along with 63 RBI in 535 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .393 with an OPS+ of 78. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .263 this season and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 135 hits in 513 at bats while driving in 53 runs. He has an OPS+ of 107 and a slugging percentage of .450. The Rangers as a unit have 1,236 base hits, including 271 doubles and 199 homers. Texas has walked 480 times this year and they have struck out on 1,439 occasions. They have had 969 men left on base and have an OPS of .748. They have scored 4.95 runs per game and totaled 722 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rays/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays (-140)
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