Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics MLB Point Spread Picks 9/20/2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Minor vs. Mike Fiers
Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics (92-61, 2nd in AL West) host the Texas Rangers (74-79, 3rd in AL West) at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, September 20, 2019. The Rangers open this matchup at +160 while the Athletics are coming in at -170. The over/under opens at 8.5.
The Rangers have been a pretty good option for MLB wagerers, having gone 74-79-0 SU. The Athletics cover 60.1% of the time, going 92-61-0 straight up.
Valuable Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Rangers have been a pretty good Over option for over/under bettors, having gone 68-81-4.
The Rangers cover 41.0% of the time as the away team, having gone 32-46-0 straight up.
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics cover 65.8% of the time at Oakland Coliseum, going 50-26-0 SU.
The Athletics have been a pretty good Over option for over/under bettors, having gone 69-81-3.
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/18/2019 Logan Forsythe 1B Ribs Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/18/2019 Taylor Hearn SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/18/2019 Joey Gallo CF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/18/2019 Jesse Biddle RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/16/2019 Jeff Mathis C Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/12/2019 Hunter Pence DH Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/26/2019 Jesse Chavez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/15/2019 Clayton Blackburn RP Elbow Out for the season
5/13/2019 Nate Jones RP Forearm Out for the season
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
9/18/2019 Blake Treinen RP Back
9/17/2019 Stephen Piscotty RF Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/9/2019 Luis Barrera LF Shoulder Out for the season
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 74-79 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Minor has a 13-9 record with an earned run average of 3.33 and a WHIP of 1.21 this season. He has 188 strikeouts over his 194.2 innings pitched and he's given up 173 hits. He's allowed 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.62 and they have given up 581 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen and they've struck out 573 hitters and walked 255 batters. 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 4.93. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 1,417 base hits and 745 earned runs. They have allowed 224 home runs this season, ranking them 10th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 547 batters and struck out 1,288. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.82.
As a team Texas is hitting .247, good for 19th in the league. The Rangers hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 19th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .264 with an on-base percentage of .366. He has 142 hits this season in 537 at bats with 57 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .449 and an OPS+ of 106. Elvis Andrus is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .310. He has totaled 154 hits and he has driven in 67 men in 566 at bats. His OPS+ is 75 while his slugging percentage is at .385. The Rangers have 1,294 hits, including 281 doubles and 207 home runs. Texas has walked 501 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,504 times as a unit. They have left 1,010 men on base and have a team OPS of .746. They score 4.95 runs per contest and have scored a total of 757 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 92-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.09, Mike Fiers has a 14-4 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 117 strikeouts over the 171.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 160 hits. He's allowing 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.17. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.98 and they have given up 480 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 567 batters and walked 212 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.04. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,280 base knocks and 622 earned runs this season. They have given up 191 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 459 hitters and struck out 1,227 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.36.Related: Gambling 101 - MLB Betting Tips - Tony George of Doc's Sports
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 17th in the league. The Athletics hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Marcus Semien comes into this matchup batting .283 with an OBP of .365. He has 177 hits this year along with 87 RBI in 625 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .517 with an OPS+ of 137. Matt Chapman is hitting .245 this season and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 135 hits in 551 at bats while driving in 85 runs. He has an OPS+ of 126 and a slugging percentage of .505. The Athletics as a unit have 1,310 base hits, including 276 doubles and 246 homers. Oakland has walked 537 times this year and they have struck out on 1,259 occasions. They have had 1,005 men left on base and have an OPS of .777. They have scored 5.29 runs per game and totaled 809 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers (+160)
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