Los Angeles Dodgers vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/28/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, August 28, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dodgers (-190) Rangers (+175)
Shin-Soo Choo and the Texas Rangers (11-19, 4th in AL West) host the Los Angeles Dodgers (22-9, 1st in NL West) at Globe Life Park on Friday. The Dodgers open this matchup at -190 while the Rangers are priced at +175. The over/under opens at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Dustin May and Jordan Lyles.
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
8/27/2020 Walker Buehler SP Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
8/27/2020 Edwin Rios 1B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/26/2020 Joe Kelly RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/25/2020 Alex Wood SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/22/2020 Edwin Uceta RP Not Injury Related Suspended until Sep 17
8/20/2020 Pedro Baez RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/12/2020 Zach Reks LF Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/21/2020 Jimmy Nelson SP Back Out for the season
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
8/26/2020 Rougned Odor 2B Eye Probable for Aug 27
8/24/2020 Jesse Chavez RP Toe Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/23/2020 Brett Martin RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/23/2020 Joe Palumbo RP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/20/2020 Elvis Andrus SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/20/2020 Willie Calhoun DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/13/2020 Edinson Volquez RP Oblique Out for the season
7/30/2020 Jose Leclerc RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
7/28/2020 Corey Kluber SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
6/28/2020 Brock Burke SP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Dodgers have a 22-9 overall record this season. May (3-4 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 3.60 while he has gone up against 261 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 3.28 (23 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.139. He has allowed 60 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has 12 walks. May has pitched in 63 innings and has accumulated 52 strikeouts thus far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.00 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .169 against the bullpen and they've struck out 130 hitters and walked 41 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.8. The Dodgers pitchers collectively have given up 216 base hits and 88 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 84 batters and struck out 271. They have walked 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.06 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .250, good for 11th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .474 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Cody Bellinger is hitting .225 with an on-base percentage of .301. He has 27 hits this season in 120 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS+ of 105. Mookie Betts is hitting .293 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 116 at bats. His OPS+ is 167 while his slugging percentage is at .638. The Dodgers have 266 hits, including 49 doubles and 61 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 112 times so far this season and they have struck out 237 times as a unit. They have left 197 men on base and have a team OPS of .805. They score 5.77 runs per contest and have scored a total of 179 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 11-19 overall mark this year. Lyles (44-63 mark in his career) holds a 5.21 earned run average and has conceded 9.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.17 and he has gone up against 4,128 opposing batters so far in his career. In his career, Lyles has allowed 1,024 hits while totaling 712 K's in 934 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 541 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.448 and a FIP of 4.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.87 and they have given up 92 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 124 batters and walked 67 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5.16. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 236 base knocks and 150 earned runs this season. They have given up 39 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 126 hitters and struck out 263 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.67.
As a team, they are batting .208, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .337 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .286, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.7 hits per contest. Shin-Soo Choo comes into this matchup batting .216 with an OBP of .306. He has 16 hits this year along with 10 RBI in 74 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .365 with an OPS+ of 85. Joey Gallo is hitting .186 this season and he has an OBP of .319. He has collected 18 hits in 97 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 108 and a slugging percentage of .443. The Rangers as a unit have 202 base hits, including 46 doubles and 24 homers. Texas has walked 94 times this year and they have struck out on 261 occasions. They have had 189 men left on base and have an OPS of .623. They have scored 3.6 runs per game and totaled 108 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Dodgers/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers (+175)
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