Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/26/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-185) Rangers (+170)
Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers (19-38, 5th in AL West) host the Houston Astros (29-28, 2nd in AL West) at Globe Life Park on Saturday. The line on this contest has the Astros priced at -185 and the Rangers are at +170. The total opens at 9. The men taking the mound are Lance McCullers Jr and Kyle Gibson.
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 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
9/4/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Out for the season
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/25/2020 Sherten Apostel 1B Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 26
9/24/2020 Anderson Tejeda SS Arm Probable for 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 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 29-28 overall record this season. McCullers (32-25 career mark) has a FIP of 3.36 and he has faced 2,123 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.73 (209 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.264. He has conceded 442 base hits (7.9 hits per 9 innings) with 196 free passes. McCullers has taken the ball for 505 innings and has totaled 556 strikeouts in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 190 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen and they've struck out 212 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 4.22. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 443 base hits and 234 earned runs. They have allowed 63 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 208 batters and struck out 493. 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 4.26.
As a team Houston is hitting .241, good for 19th in the league. The Astros hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .264 with an on-base percentage of .358. He has 48 hits this season in 182 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .538 and an OPS+ of 139. Carlos Correa is hitting .256 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 50 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 195 at bats. His OPS+ is 86 while his slugging percentage is at .364. The Astros have 455 hits, including 102 doubles and 65 home runs. Houston has walked 180 times so far this season and they have struck out 419 times as a unit. They have left 358 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 270 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 19-38 overall mark this year. So far in his career, Gibson has given up 1,209 hits and he has 899 K's in 1,148 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 586 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.420 and having a FIP of 4.4. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.14 and he has gone up against 4,971 batters during his career. Gibson (69-74 career mark) has earned a 4.59 ERA while conceding 9.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 192 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 220 batters and walked 107 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.16. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 457 base knocks and 280 earned runs this season. They have given up 77 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 224 hitters and struck out 468 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.87.
As a team, they are batting .213, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .357 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .281, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Rougned Odor comes into this matchup batting .157 with an OBP of .199. He has 20 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 127 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .378 with an OPS+ of 52. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is hitting .285 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 57 hits in 200 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 95 and a slugging percentage of .380. The Rangers as a unit have 391 base hits, including 80 doubles and 55 homers. Texas has walked 158 times this year and they have struck out on 515 occasions. They have had 328 men left on base and have an OPS of .638. They have scored 3.6 runs per game and totaled 205 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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