Arizona Diamondbacks vs Houston Astros Prediction, 9/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Houston Astros
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Diamondbacks (+154) Astros (-167)
Yuli Gurriel and the Houston Astros (25-25, 2nd in AL West) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (19-32, 5th in NL West) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Diamondbacks priced at +154 and the Astros are at -167. The over/under has been set at 8. The starting pitchers are Luke Weaver and Cristian Javier.
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
9/9/2020 Ketel Marte 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/9/2020 Merrill Kelly SP Shoulder Out for the season
9/1/2020 Jeremy Beasley RP Shoulder Out for the season
8/29/2020 Corbin Martin SP Elbow Out for the season
6/29/2020 Silvino Bracho RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/18/2020 Aledmys Diaz 2B Quadriceps Probable for Sep 18
9/16/2020 Blake Taylor RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/16/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/16/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Out for the season
9/5/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/4/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Out for the season
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Diamondbacks have a 19-32 overall record this season. Weaver has pitched in 339 innings and has totaled 351 punchouts so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 4.67 (176 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.401. He has conceded 361 base knocks (9.6 hits per nine innings) and has 114 walks. Weaver (20-27 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.07 while he has faced 1,479 opposing batters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have given up 193 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen and they've struck out 198 hitters and walked 107 batters. As a team, Arizona allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.1 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.14. The Diamondbacks pitchers collectively have given up 443 base hits and 253 earned runs. They have allowed 87 home runs this season, ranking them 1st in the league. Arizona as a pitching staff has walked 214 batters and struck out 447. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.48 and their FIP as a unit is 5.32.
As a team Arizona is hitting .231, good for 22nd in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. Christian Walker is hitting .276 with an on-base percentage of .341. He has 51 hits this season in 185 at bats with 32 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .481 and an OPS+ of 118. Eduardo Escobar is hitting .194 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .263. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 18 men in 175 at bats. His OPS+ is 56 while his slugging percentage is at .320. The Diamondbacks have 394 hits, including 90 doubles and 46 home runs. Arizona has walked 156 times so far this season and they have struck out 398 times as a unit. They have left 338 men on base and have a team OPS of .678. They score 4.24 runs per contest and have scored a total of 216 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros bullpen has an earned run average of 4.43 and they have given up 176 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 189 batters and walked 107 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.4. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 392 base knocks and 214 earned runs this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 195 hitters and struck out 427 batters. They give up a walk 4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 20th in the league. The Astros hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 7.9 hits per contest. Yuli Gurriel comes into this matchup batting .256 with an OBP of .299. He has 45 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 176 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .438 with an OPS+ of 95. Jose Altuve is hitting .216 this season and he has an OBP of .281. He has collected 33 hits in 153 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 59 and a slugging percentage of .307. The Astros as a unit have 397 base hits, including 91 doubles and 56 homers. Houston has walked 160 times this year and they have struck out on 369 occasions. They have had 308 men left on base and have an OPS of .722. They have scored 4.8 runs per game and totaled 240 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Diamondbacks/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros (-167)
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