Texas Rangers at Houston Astros MLB Point Spread Picks 5/11/2019
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Drew Smyly vs. Gerrit Cole
The Texas Rangers visit Minute Maid Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Drew Smyly for the Rangers and Gerrit Cole for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +128 and Houston at -138. The Rangers have a 21-13-1 over/under record and a 21-14-0 run line mark. The Astros are 17-21-0 against the run line and have a 16-20-2 over/under record.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 21-13-1 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 21-14-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 16-20-2 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 17-21-0 against the run line
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/09/19 P Shawn Kelley Infection 10-day IL (05/09)
04/26/19 P Taylor Hearn Elbow 10-day IL (04/26)
04/13/19 P Edinson Volquez Elbow 60-day IL (04/05)
04/01/19 P Yohander Mendez Elbow 60-day IL (04/01)
03/25/19 P Luke Farrell Jaw 60-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 RF Scott Heineman Shoulder 60-day IL
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
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 17-18 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Drew Smyly has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 6.63 and a WHIP of 1.74 this season. He has 24 strikeouts over his 19 innings pitched and he's given up 21 hits. He's allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 141 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the bullpen and they've struck out 117 hitters and walked 65 batters. As a team, Texas allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 5.16. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 325 base hits and 179 earned runs. They have allowed 48 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 151 batters and struck out 271. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.52 and their FIP as a unit is 5.03.
As a team Texas is hitting .249, good for 11th in the league. The Rangers hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Elvis Andrus is hitting .336 with an on-base percentage of .388. He has 47 hits this season in 140 at bats with 23 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .521 and an OPS+ of 133. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .313 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .405. He has totaled 40 hits and he has driven in 14 men in 128 at bats. His OPS+ is 139 while his slugging percentage is at .523. The Rangers have 296 hits, including 66 doubles and 53 home runs. Texas has walked 146 times so far this season and they have struck out 336 times as a unit. They have left 228 men on base and have a team OPS of .787. They score 5.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 204 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 23-15 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.17, Gerrit Cole has a 3-4 record and a 1.05 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 49.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 37 hits. He's allowing 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.15. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.80 and they have given up 79 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 114 batters and walked 34 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 253 base knocks and 136 earned runs this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year, which ranks 19th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 94 hitters and struck out 351 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.05 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .276, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .491 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .350, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Michael Brantley comes into this matchup batting .340 with an OBP of .390. He has 48 hits this year along with 28 RBI in 141 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .603 with an OPS+ of 166. George Springer is hitting .301 this season and he has an OBP of .386. He has collected 44 hits in 146 at bats while driving in 33 runs. He has an OPS+ of 170 and a slugging percentage of .623. The Astros as a unit have 353 base hits, including 71 doubles and 66 homers. Houston has walked 141 times this year and they have struck out on 279 occasions. They have had 269 men left on base and have an OPS of .841. They have scored 5.05 runs per game and totaled 192 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers +128
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