Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Athletics (-132) Rangers (+122)
Mark Canha and the Oakland Athletics (19-9, 1st in AL West) are headed to Globe Life Park on Monday where they'll take on the Texas Rangers (10-16, 3rd in AL West). The line on this contest has the Athletics coming in at -132 and the Rangers are at +122. The O/U is set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Jesus Luzardo and Lance Lynn.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/21/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
8/10/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
8/23/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
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
8/23/2020 Nick Goody RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/23/2020 Robinson Chirinos C Ankle Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
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 Athletics have a 19-9 overall record this season. Luzardo has taken the hill for 39 innings and has tallied 43 K's during his career. His earned run average is 3.00 (13 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.154. He has conceded 31 base knocks (7.2 hits per 9 innings) with 14 walks. Luzardo (2-0 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.56 while he has faced 159 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.10 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the bullpen and they've struck out 121 hitters and walked 37 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.54. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 231 base hits and 100 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 83 batters and struck out 232. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.89.
As a team Oakland is hitting .224, good for 25th in the league. The Athletics hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Mark Canha is hitting .283 with an on-base percentage of .419. He has 26 hits this season in 92 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .467 and an OPS+ of 149. Matt Olson is hitting .178 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 18 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 101 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .465. The Athletics have 206 hits, including 41 doubles and 42 home runs. Oakland has walked 121 times so far this season and they have struck out 276 times as a unit. They have left 182 men on base and have a team OPS of .747. They score 4.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 139 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 10-16 overall mark this year. Lynn (101-68 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.52 ERA and has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings. His SO/W ratio is 2.65 and he has gone up against 5,854 batters so far in his career. So far in his career, Lynn has surrendered 1,268 hits while he has accumulated 1,368 strikeouts in 1,382 innings pitched. He has conceded 541 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.291 and a FIP of 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.06 and they have given up 83 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 106 batters and walked 60 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.2. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 210 base knocks and 131 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 110 hitters and struck out 222 batters. They give up a walk 4.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.64.
As a team, they are batting .214, good for 27th in the league. The Rangers hold a .349 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .295, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.0 hits per contest. Joey Gallo comes into this matchup batting .209 with an OBP of .346. He has 18 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 86 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 130. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .211 this season and he has an OBP of .296. He has collected 15 hits in 71 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 82 and a slugging percentage of .366. The Rangers as a unit have 181 base hits, including 41 doubles and 22 homers. Texas has walked 87 times this year and they have struck out on 225 occasions. They have had 169 men left on base and have an OPS of .645. They have scored 3.85 runs per game and totaled 100 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers (+122)
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