Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/26/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Athletics (-149) Rangers (+138)
Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics (20-10, 1st in AL West) go to Globe Life Park on Wednesday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (11-17, 3rd in AL West). The Rangers open this matchup at +138 while the Athletics are priced at -149. The total is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Mike Fiers and Kolby Allard.
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
8/25/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
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
8/23/2020 Nick Goody RP Back Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/23/2020 Brett Martin RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
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 Athletics have a 20-10 overall record this season. Fiers (72-60 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.55 while he has gone up against 4,689 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 4.06 (503 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.263. He has allowed 1,078 base knocks (8.7 hits per nine innings) and has had 329 free passes. Fiers has taken the mound for 1,114 frames and has earned 967 strikeouts thus far in his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.99 and they have given up 90 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .180 against the bullpen and they've struck out 127 hitters and walked 42 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 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 247 base hits and 107 earned runs. They have allowed 31 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 93 batters and struck out 250. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.89.
As a team Oakland is hitting .225, good for 25th in the league. The Athletics hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 7.4 hits per game. Marcus Semien is hitting .219 with an on-base percentage of .275. He has 28 hits this season in 128 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .352 and an OPS+ of 75. Matt Chapman is hitting .246 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .285. He has totaled 30 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 122 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .574. The Athletics have 223 hits, including 44 doubles and 43 home runs. Oakland has walked 127 times so far this season and they have struck out 301 times as a unit. They have left 201 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.87 runs per contest and have scored a total of 146 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Allard (5-5 mark in his career) is the owner of a 6.48 earned run average and has allowed 12.1 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 1.72 and he has gone up against 316 opposing hitters during his career. In his pro baseball career, Allard has allowed 88 base knocks while he has accumulated 50 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. He has conceded 47 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.792 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.82 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .185 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 114 batters and walked 62 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 5.06. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 223 base knocks and 137 earned runs this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 115 hitters and struck out 242 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.64.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .346 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Todd Frazier comes into this matchup batting .261 with an OBP of .356. He has 23 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 88 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .409 with an OPS+ of 112. Danny Santana is hitting .167 this season and he has an OBP of .255. He has collected 8 hits in 48 at bats while driving in 7 runs. He has an OPS+ of 56 and a slugging percentage of .313. The Rangers as a unit have 191 base hits, including 43 doubles and 24 homers. Texas has walked 91 times this year and they have struck out on 241 occasions. They have had 179 men left on base and have an OPS of .636. They have scored 3.71 runs per game and totaled 104 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers (+138)
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