Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/11/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Athletics (-165) Rangers (+144)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa and the Texas Rangers (15-28, 5th in AL West) play the Oakland Athletics (27-15, 1st in AL West) at Globe Life Park on Friday. The moneyline on this contest has the Athletics priced at -165 and the Rangers are at +144. The total is set at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Mike Fiers and Jordan Lyles.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
9/10/2020 Matt Chapman 3B Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/9/2020 Stephen Piscotty RF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
9/8/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/3/2020 Daniel Mengden RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/21/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/9/2020 Danny Santana 1B Elbow Out for the season
9/9/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/9/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Probable for Sep 11
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
8/30/2020 Joe Palumbo RP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
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
6/28/2020 Brock Burke SP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 27-15 overall record this season. Fiers (73-61 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.53 and he has faced 4,735 hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 4.05 (506 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.261. He has allowed 1,086 base hits (8.7 hits per 9 innings) with 333 walks. Fiers has taken the hill for 1,125 innings and has earned 978 K's so far in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.06 and they have given up 119 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the bullpen and they've struck out 164 hitters and walked 49 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.54. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 332 base hits and 142 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 114 batters and struck out 336. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.88.
As a team Oakland is hitting .227, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Mark Canha is hitting .242 with an on-base percentage of .387. He has 32 hits this season in 132 at bats with 21 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .386 and an OPS+ of 118. Matt Olson is hitting .190 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .316. He has totaled 28 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 147 at bats. His OPS+ is 109 while his slugging percentage is at .442. The Athletics have 300 hits, including 63 doubles and 52 home runs. Oakland has walked 167 times so far this season and they have struck out 391 times as a unit. They have left 272 men on base and have a team OPS of .729. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 192 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his career, Lyles has allowed 1,032 base knocks while he has tallied 718 strikeouts in 945 innings. He has given up 548 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.444 and a FIP of 4.7. His SO/W ratio is 2.16 and he has gone up against 4,175 hitters in his career. Lyles (44-64 career mark) holds a 5.22 earned run average and has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.74 and they have given up 137 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .196 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 165 batters and walked 83 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 328 base knocks and 204 earned runs this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 175 hitters and struck out 361 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.79.
As a team, they are batting .216, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .351 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.0 hits per contest. Isiah Kiner-Falefa comes into this matchup batting .322 with an OBP of .368. He has 46 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 143 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .420 with an OPS+ of 116. Nick Solak is hitting .280 this season and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 42 hits in 150 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 96 and a slugging percentage of .380. The Rangers as a unit have 293 base hits, including 60 doubles and 37 homers. Texas has walked 130 times this year and they have struck out on 359 occasions. They have had 255 men left on base and have an OPS of .641. They have scored 3.76 runs per game and totaled 158 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rangers (+144)
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