Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-135) Rangers (+125)
Globe Life Park is the venue where Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers (19-36, 5th in AL West) will play the Houston Astros (28-27, 2nd in AL West) on Thursday. The line on this matchup has the Astros coming in at -135 and the Rangers are at +125. The over/under is set at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Cristian Javier and Lance Lynn.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/22/2020 Brad Peacock RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/19/2020 Justin Verlander SP Elbow Out for the season
9/19/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Out for the season
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
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/23/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/22/2020 Ronald Guzman 1B Hamstring Probable for Sep 23
9/20/2020 Joe Palumbo RP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/19/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/14/2020 Elvis Andrus SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/9/2020 Danny Santana 1B Elbow Out for the season
9/6/2020 Joely Rodriguez RP Hamstring Out for the season
9/5/2020 Jose Leclerc RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/5/2020 Corey Kluber SP Shoulder Out for the season
8/13/2020 Edinson Volquez RP Oblique Out for the season
6/28/2020 Brock Burke SP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 28-27 overall record this season. Javier (4-2 win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 5.03 while he has faced 190 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.36 (18 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 0.996. He has conceded 31 base hits (5.8 hits per nine innings) with 17 free passes. Javier has thrown 48 frames and has racked up 48 punchouts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.31 and they have given up 186 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 205 hitters and walked 110 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 426 base hits and 227 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 203 batters and struck out 475. They have walked 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team Houston is hitting .238, good for 19th in the league. The Astros hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .251 with an on-base percentage of .342. He has 44 hits this season in 175 at bats with 28 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .520 and an OPS+ of 130. Carlos Correa is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .324. He has totaled 48 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 187 at bats. His OPS+ is 89 while his slugging percentage is at .369. The Astros have 433 hits, including 98 doubles and 61 home runs. Houston has walked 173 times so far this season and they have struck out 403 times as a unit. They have left 343 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 4.65 runs per contest and have scored a total of 256 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Lynn (104-70 career mark) holds a 3.53 earned run average and has conceded 8.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.68 and he has faced 6,017 batters in his career. During his MLB career, Lynn has surrendered 1,300 base hits while accumulating 1,410 K's in 1,421 frames. He has allowed a total of 557 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.286 and a FIP of 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.61 and they have given up 184 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .199 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 212 batters and walked 107 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 430 base knocks and 262 earned runs this season. They have given up 70 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 221 hitters and struck out 452 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.77.
As a team, they are batting .213, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .355 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .282, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Rougned Odor comes into this matchup batting .161 with an OBP of .205. He has 20 hits this year along with 24 RBI in 124 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .387 with an OPS+ of 57. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is hitting .290 this season and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 56 hits in 193 at bats while driving in 8 runs. He has an OPS+ of 96 and a slugging percentage of .378. The Rangers as a unit have 376 base hits, including 73 doubles and 54 homers. Texas has walked 155 times this year and they have struck out on 498 occasions. They have had 317 men left on base and have an OPS of .637. They have scored 3.6 runs per game and totaled 198 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros (-135)
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