Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 9/15/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+208) Astros (-230)
Ronald Guzman and the Texas Rangers (17-30, 5th in AL West) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (23-24, 2nd in AL West). The line on this matchup has the Rangers priced at +208 and the Astros are at -230. The total opens at 9. The starting pitchers are Kyle Cody and Jose Urquidy.
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/13/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/13/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/12/2020 Elvis Andrus SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
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 Danny Santana 1B Elbow Out for the season
9/6/2020 Joely Rodriguez RP Hamstring Out for the season
9/5/2020 Corey Kluber SP Shoulder Out for the season
9/5/2020 Jose Leclerc RP 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
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/13/2020 Aledmys Diaz 2B Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/13/2020 Lance McCullers SP Neck Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/13/2020 Yuli Gurriel 1B Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/10/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
9/7/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/7/2020 Blake Taylor RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/5/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/5/2020 Jose Altuve 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/4/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Out for the season
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 17-30 overall record this season. Cody has pitched in 9 innings and has 11 punchouts. His ERA is 0.98 (1 earned run allowed) and his WHIP is 1.413. He has surrendered 5 base hits (4.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 8 walks. Cody (0-1 win-loss mark) has a FIP of 3.42 and he has faced 40 opposing hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.74 and they have given up 160 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .196 against the bullpen and they've struck out 191 hitters and walked 95 batters. 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 5.19. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 370 base hits and 234 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 197 batters and struck out 402. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.85.
As a team Texas is hitting .218, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .361 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Ronald Guzman is hitting .250 with an on-base percentage of .328. He has 13 hits this season in 52 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .481 and an OPS+ of 118. Joey Gallo is hitting .192 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .326. He has totaled 28 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 146 at bats. His OPS+ is 104 while his slugging percentage is at .425. The Rangers have 328 hits, including 64 doubles and 45 home runs. Texas has walked 143 times so far this season and they have struck out 413 times as a unit. They have left 277 men on base and have a team OPS of .653. They score 3.79 runs per contest and have scored a total of 178 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Urquidy (2-2 career mark) has earned a 3.94 ERA and has conceded 7.9 hits per nine innings. His SO/W ratio is 3.31 and he has gone up against 207 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. In his career, Urquidy has surrendered 44 base knocks while totaling 43 strikeouts in 50 frames. He has allowed 22 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.135 and a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.55 and they have given up 171 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 179 batters and walked 106 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.62. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 378 base knocks and 211 earned runs this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 193 hitters and struck out 391 batters. They give up a walk 4.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.68.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 18th in the league. The Astros hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Alex Bregman comes into this matchup batting .250 with an OBP of .352. He has 27 hits this year along with 15 RBI in 108 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .454 with an OPS+ of 115. George Springer is hitting .240 this season and he has an OBP of .343. He has collected 35 hits in 146 at bats while driving in 24 runs. He has an OPS+ of 119 and a slugging percentage of .479. The Astros as a unit have 380 base hits, including 88 doubles and 53 homers. Houston has walked 151 times this year and they have struck out on 351 occasions. They have had 290 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.98 runs per game and totaled 234 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros (-230)
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