Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels Prediction, 9/18/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Location: Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+148) Angels (-160)
David Fletcher and the Los Angeles Angels (20-30, 4th in AL West) play the Texas Rangers (18-31, 5th in AL West) at Angel Stadium on Friday. The Angels open this contest at -160 while the Rangers are coming in at +148. The O/U is set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Wes Benjamin and Jaime Barria.
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
9/14/2020 Elvis Andrus SS Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/13/2020 Shin-Soo Choo LF Hand Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/13/2020 Jose Trevino C Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
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 Los Angeles Angels Injuries
9/15/2020 Parker Markel RP Undisclosed Out for the season
9/8/2020 Franklin Barreto 2B Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
7/23/2020 Justin Anderson RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 18-31 overall record this season. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have given up 165 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .197 against the bullpen and they've struck out 197 hitters and walked 98 batters. As a team, Texas allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 5.07. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 383 base hits and 238 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season, ranking them 14th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 205 batters and struck out 418. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.80.
As a team Texas is hitting .215, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .354 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .287, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.9 hits per game. Joey Gallo is hitting .188 with an on-base percentage of .317. He has 29 hits this season in 154 at bats with 23 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .416 and an OPS+ of 98. Ronald Guzman is hitting .259 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .328. He has totaled 15 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 58 at bats. His OPS+ is 113 while his slugging percentage is at .466. The Rangers have 337 hits, including 67 doubles and 45 home runs. Texas has walked 144 times so far this season and they have struck out 434 times as a unit. They have left 285 men on base and have a team OPS of .641. They score 3.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 180 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 20-30 overall mark this year. During his pro baseball career, Barria has given up 227 base hits while accumulating 192 strikeouts in 236 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 117 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.314 and a FIP of 5.1. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.31 and he has gone up against 1,000 hitters so far in his MLB career. Barria (14-19 career mark) has a 4.46 earned run average and has surrendered 8.7 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.91 and they have given up 189 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Angels bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 207 batters and walked 81 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 5.22. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 419 base knocks and 254 earned runs this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 168 hitters and struck out 423 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.38.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 18th in the league. The Angels hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. David Fletcher comes into this matchup batting .305 with an OBP of .366. He has 50 hits this year along with 14 RBI in 164 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .421 with an OPS+ of 115. Anthony Rendon is hitting .277 this season and he has an OBP of .416. He has collected 44 hits in 159 at bats while driving in 27 runs. He has an OPS+ of 148 and a slugging percentage of .491. The Angels as a unit have 409 base hits, including 80 doubles and 72 homers. Los Angeles has walked 211 times this year and they have struck out on 411 occasions. They have had 359 men left on base and have an OPS of .758. They have scored 4.94 runs per game and totaled 247 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Angels MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers (+148)
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