Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+115) Athletics (-135)
Todd Frazier and the Texas Rangers (3-5, 4th in AL West) travel to Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll meet the Oakland Athletics (5-4, 2nd in AL West). The Athletics open this contest at -135 while the Rangers are priced at +115. The O/U is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Lance Lynn and Jesus Luzardo.
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
8/2/2020 Rougned Odor 2B Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
8/2/2020 Joely Rodriguez RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
8/2/2020 Danny Santana CF Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
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
7/24/2020 Rafael Montero RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
6/28/2020 Brock Burke SP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
7/21/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 3-5 overall record this season. Lynn has taken the hill for 1,354 frames and has earned 1,343 punchouts so far in his career. His earned run average is 3.56 (535 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.300. He has surrendered 1,251 base knocks (8.3 hits per nine innings) and has had 510 free passes. Lynn (99-68 career win-loss record) has earned a FIP of 3.64 while he has gone up against 5,749 opposing hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.67 and they have given up 31 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .204 against the bullpen and they've struck out 34 hitters and walked 20 batters. As a team, Texas allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 56 base hits and 33 earned runs. They have allowed 5 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 40 batters and struck out 69. They have walked 5.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 3.85.
As a team Texas is hitting .195, good for 26th in the league. The Rangers hold a .348 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 6.3 hits per game. Todd Frazier is hitting .192 with an on-base percentage of .323. He has 5 hits this season in 26 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .385 and an OPS+ of 104. Joey Gallo is hitting .310 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .429. He has totaled 9 hits and he has driven in 8 men in 29 at bats. His OPS+ is 225 while his slugging percentage is at .724. The Rangers have 50 hits, including 11 doubles and 8 home runs. Texas has walked 34 times so far this season and they have struck out 67 times as a unit. They have left 57 men on base and have a team OPS of .644. They score 3.38 runs per contest and have scored a total of 27 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 5-4 overall mark this year. During his MLB career, Luzardo has surrendered 10 hits while tallying 23 K's in 18 innings pitched. He has allowed 3 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 0.879 and being the owner of a FIP of 2.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.83 and he has faced 74 hitters thus far in his career. Luzardo (0-0 career mark) is the owner of a 1.48 earned run average while giving up 4.9 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.79 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .174 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 44 batters and walked 15 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.07. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 72 base knocks and 28 earned runs this season. They have given up 5 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 24 hitters and struck out 78 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 2.89.
As a team, they are batting .188, good for 29th in the league. The Athletics hold a .305 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .284, which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 5.9 hits per contest. Marcus Semien comes into this matchup batting .205 with an OBP of .225. He has 8 hits this year along with 2 RBI in 39 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .256 with an OPS+ of 40. Mark Canha is hitting .292 this season and he has an OBP of .438. He has collected 7 hits in 24 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 173 and a slugging percentage of .500. The Athletics as a unit have 53 base hits, including 8 doubles and 7 homers. Oakland has walked 34 times this year and they have struck out on 89 occasions. They have had 53 men left on base and have an OPS of .589. They have scored 3.33 runs per game and totaled 30 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics (-135)
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