Los Angeles Dodgers vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/29/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Dodgers vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Dodgers (-155) Rangers (+143)
Globe Life Park is the site where Todd Frazier and the Texas Rangers (11-19, 4th in AL West) will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers (24-9, 1st in NL West) on Saturday. The Dodgers open this contest at -155 while the Rangers are priced at +143. The total opens at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Ross Stripling and Lance Lynn.
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
8/27/2020 Edwin Rios 1B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/27/2020 Walker Buehler SP Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
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
8/28/2020 Rougned Odor 2B Eye Probable for Aug 28
8/28/2020 Brett Martin RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/24/2020 Jesse Chavez RP Toe Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/23/2020 Joe Palumbo RP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/20/2020 Willie Calhoun DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/20/2020 Elvis Andrus SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
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 24-9 overall record this season. Stripling has thrown 416 innings and has earned 401 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.65 (169 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.213. He has surrendered 406 base hits (8.8 hits per 9 innings) and has had 99 walks. Stripling (23-25 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.87 and he has faced 1,728 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.90 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .165 against the bullpen and they've struck out 139 hitters and walked 44 batters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 6.7 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 2.67. The Dodgers pitchers collectively have given up 222 base hits and 88 earned runs. They have allowed 37 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 87 batters and struck out 284. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.04 and their FIP as a unit is 3.83.
As a team Los Angeles is hitting .251, good for 11th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .473 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Justin Turner is hitting .283 with an on-base percentage of .388. He has 32 hits this season in 113 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .416 and an OPS+ of 122. Corey Seager is hitting .302 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .345. He has totaled 32 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 106 at bats. His OPS+ is 150 while his slugging percentage is at .585. The Dodgers have 280 hits, including 53 doubles and 63 home runs. Los Angeles has walked 118 times so far this season and they have struck out 252 times as a unit. They have left 208 men on base and have a team OPS of .806. They score 5.7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 188 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 11-19 overall mark this year. So far in his pro baseball career, Lynn has surrendered 1,273 base hits while totaling 1,376 strikeouts in 1,388 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 543 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.290 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.66 and he has faced 5,880 hitters so far in his MLB career. Lynn (102-68 win-loss mark in his career) has a 3.52 ERA and has given up 8.3 hits per 9 innings. 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 24th 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 15th 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 4.66.
As a team, they are batting .208, good for 30th 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. Todd Frazier comes into this matchup batting .240 with an OBP of .330. He has 23 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 96 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .375 with an OPS+ of 94. Nick Solak is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 28 hits in 104 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 103 and a slugging percentage of .385. 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 (+143)
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