Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+140) Athletics (-152)
Joey Gallo and the Texas Rangers (3-6, 4th in AL West) are headed to Oakland Coliseum on Thursday where they'll meet the Oakland Athletics (7-4, 1st in AL West). The Athletics open this matchup at -152 while the Rangers are priced at +140. The O/U has been set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Mike Minor and Mike Fiers.
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
8/5/2020 Rougned Odor 2B Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
8/4/2020 Greg Bird 1B Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
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
8/4/2020 Jordan Weems RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/21/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Rangers have a 3-6 overall record this season. Minor has pitched in 1,105 frames and has 995 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.92 (482 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.225. He has given up 1,036 base knocks (8.4 hits per nine innings) and has 318 walks. Minor (70-62 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.03 while going up against 4,589 batters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 6.37 and they have given up 34 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 36 hitters and walked 22 batters. As a team, Texas allows 7.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.37. The Rangers pitchers collectively have given up 62 base hits and 38 earned runs. They have allowed 7 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 45 batters and struck out 78. They have walked 5.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.01.
As a team Texas is hitting .192, good for 29th in the league. The Rangers hold a .336 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .288, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 6.1 hits per game. Joey Gallo is hitting .303 with an on-base percentage of .410. He has 10 hits this season in 33 at bats with 8 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .667 and an OPS+ of 207. Todd Frazier is hitting .233 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .343. He has totaled 7 hits and he has driven in 4 men in 30 at bats. His OPS+ is 133 while his slugging percentage is at .467. The Rangers have 55 hits, including 13 doubles and 8 home runs. Texas has walked 36 times so far this season and they have struck out 76 times as a unit. They have left 61 men on base and have a team OPS of .624. They score 3.11 runs per contest and have scored a total of 28 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 7-4 overall mark this year. Fiers (69-59 career record) is the owner of a 4.03 earned run average while giving up 8.7 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.98 and he has gone up against 4,591 hitters during his career. In his MLB career, Fiers has allowed 1,050 base knocks while he has tallied 956 punchouts in 1,092 innings. He has conceded 489 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.255 and having a FIP of 4.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.75 and they have given up 32 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .170 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 51 batters and walked 15 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 2.88. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 82 base knocks and 32 earned runs this season. They have given up 5 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 30 hitters and struck out 99 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.12 while their FIP as a staff is 2.63.
As a team, they are batting .204, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .330 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 6.5 hits per contest. Ramon Laureano comes into this matchup batting .289 with an OBP of .383. He has 11 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 38 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .500 with an OPS+ of 157. Matt Chapman is hitting .222 this season and he has an OBP of .255. He has collected 10 hits in 45 at bats while driving in 4 runs. He has an OPS+ of 94 and a slugging percentage of .422. The Athletics as a unit have 71 base hits, including 10 doubles and 10 homers. Oakland has walked 50 times this year and they have struck out on 107 occasions. They have had 70 men left on base and have an OPS of .646. They have scored 4.18 runs per game and totaled 46 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers (+140)
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