Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/12/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Athletics (-130) Rangers (+110)
Matt Olson and the Oakland Athletics (27-15, 1st in AL West) go to Globe Life Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (15-28, 5th in AL West). The Rangers open this game at +110 while the Athletics are priced at -130. The O/U opens at 9. The starting pitchers will be Chris Bassitt and Kolby Allard.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
9/11/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Out for the season
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
9/3/2020 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
9/11/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
9/11/2020 Willie Calhoun DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/11/2020 Joe Palumbo RP Abdomen Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/9/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
9/9/2020 Danny Santana 1B Elbow Out for the season
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
8/13/2020 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. Bassitt has taken the hill for 378 innings and has 324 strikeouts in his MLB career. His ERA is 3.76 (158 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.288. He has surrendered 352 hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 135 walks. Bassitt (17-21 career mark) has earned a FIP of 4.18 while going up against 1,632 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.04 and they have given up 119 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the bullpen and they've struck out 165 hitters and walked 50 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.48. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 334 base hits and 143 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 115 batters and struck out 341. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
As a team Oakland is hitting .226, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.3 hits per game. Matt Olson is hitting .193 with an on-base percentage of .320. He has 29 hits this season in 150 at bats with 31 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .460 and an OPS+ of 115. Mark Canha is hitting .252 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .395. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 21 men in 135 at bats. His OPS+ is 124 while his slugging percentage is at .400. The Athletics have 305 hits, including 64 doubles and 53 home runs. Oakland has walked 173 times so far this season and they have struck out 392 times as a unit. They have left 279 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 195 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 15-28 overall mark this year. Allard (5-8 mark in his career) has a 6.53 earned run average and has surrendered 10.6 hits per 9 innings. His SO/W ratio is 1.64 and he has gone up against 383 opposing batters during his pro baseball career. Thus far in his career, Allard has allowed 96 base knocks and he has 64 strikeouts in 81 innings. He has allowed 59 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.661 and having a FIP of 4.8. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 138 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .194 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 169 batters and walked 84 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 5.06. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 339 base knocks and 210 earned runs this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 179 hitters and struck out 368 batters. They give up a walk 4.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.81.
As a team, they are batting .214, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .349 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .288, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.9 hits per contest. Nick Solak comes into this matchup batting .273 with an OBP of .327. He has 42 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 154 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .370 with an OPS+ of 92. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is hitting .320 this season and he has an OBP of .365. He has collected 47 hits in 147 at bats while driving in 7 runs. He has an OPS+ of 114 and a slugging percentage of .415. The Rangers as a unit have 297 base hits, including 60 doubles and 37 homers. Texas has walked 132 times this year and they have struck out on 374 occasions. They have had 259 men left on base and have an OPS of .637. They have scored 3.72 runs per game and totaled 160 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics (-130)
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