Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/25/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, September 25, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-185) Rangers (+170)
Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros (28-28, 2nd in AL West) go to Globe Life Park on Friday where they'll take on the Texas Rangers (19-37, 5th in AL West). The moneyline on this contest has the Astros priced at -185 and the Rangers are at +170. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Jose Urquidy and Kyle Cody.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/23/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Out for the season
9/22/2020 Brad Peacock RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/19/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Out for the season
9/19/2020 Justin Verlander SP Elbow Out for the season
9/16/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Out for the season
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
9/24/2020 Anderson Tejeda SS Arm Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/23/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
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 Corey Kluber SP Shoulder Out for the season
9/5/2020 Jose Leclerc RP 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 28-28 overall record this season. Urquidy has taken the ball for 63 innings and has totaled 52 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.56 (25 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.076. He has given up 53 hits (7.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 15 free passes. Urquidy (3-2 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.91 while he has faced 254 opposing batters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 187 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 209 hitters and walked 113 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 435 base hits and 230 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 207 batters and struck out 484. 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 4.27.
As a team Houston is hitting .238, good for 19th in the league. The Astros hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .257 with an on-base percentage of .322. He has 49 hits this season in 191 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .366 and an OPS+ of 87. George Springer is hitting .253 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .348. He has totaled 45 hits and he has driven in 28 men in 178 at bats. His OPS+ is 131 while his slugging percentage is at .517. The Astros have 440 hits, including 100 doubles and 61 home runs. Houston has walked 178 times so far this season and they have struck out 410 times as a unit. They have left 352 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 4.61 runs per contest and have scored a total of 258 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 19-37 overall mark this year. Cody has allowed 12 hits while tallying 17 punchouts in 17 frames. He has surrendered a total of 3 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.279 and a FIP of 3.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.70 and he has gone up against 72 opposing batters. Cody (1-1 mark) is the owner of a 1.57 ERA and has conceded 6.3 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.71 and they have given up 189 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 216 batters and walked 107 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.05. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 442 base knocks and 269 earned runs this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 222 hitters and struck out 459 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 4.81.
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 .281, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Isiah Kiner-Falefa comes into this matchup batting .289 with an OBP of .335. He has 57 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 197 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .386 with an OPS+ of 98. Rougned Odor is hitting .161 this season and he has an OBP of .205. He has collected 20 hits in 124 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 57 and a slugging percentage of .387. The Rangers as a unit have 383 base hits, including 76 doubles and 54 homers. Texas has walked 157 times this year and they have struck out on 506 occasions. They have had 322 men left on base and have an OPS of .637. They have scored 3.59 runs per game and totaled 201 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Astros (-185)
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