Arizona Diamondbacks vs Houston Astros Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Diamondbacks vs Houston Astros
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (+270) Houston (-400)
Humberto Castellanos and the Arizona Diamondbacks (47-99, 5th in NL West) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Saturday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (86-60, 1st in AL West). The odds on this matchup have the Diamondbacks priced at +270 and the Astros are at -400. The total has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Humberto Castellanos and Lance McCullers Jr.
The Diamondbacks have accumulated 272 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 130 balls out of the park. Arizona owns a slugging percentage of .380 and have been called out on strikes 1,324 times, while taking a walk on 488 occasions. As a unit, the Arizona Diamondbacks are earning 4.2 runs per game, which ranks them 25th in baseball. They have 581 runs batted in in addition to 1,161 hits for the year, while their batting average is .235. They have earned a total of 611 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .309.
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The Diamondbacks have a team ERA of 5.17 so far this year (29th in the league), and they have rung up 1,107 batters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.21 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.44. Diamondbacks pitchers have surrendered 207 home runs and 812 runs (29th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 501 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.88 as a unit on the season.
Diamondbacks bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 130 times in addition to having 130 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 62 holds on the year (25th in MLB). The Diamondbacks bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 45.5% and has come into the game in 108 save situations. They have accumulated 20 saves so far this year and have blown 24 of 44 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 190 runners for the season with 33.2% of those players crossed the plate. The Diamondbacks have sent 504 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a total of 3,827 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,245 assists and 89 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .983 which is 25th in pro baseball, and have earned 919 double plays. The Diamondbacks have turned 68.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 11,481 innings, ranking them 26th in the majors.
Castellanos (2-2 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.94 and he has faced 177 hitters in the majors. He has surrendered 38 base knocks (8.4 hits per 9 innings) with 16 walks. His ERA is 4.65 (21 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.328. Castellanos has taken the ball for 40 innings and has totaled 33 K's during his career.
Houston has recorded 191 home runs so far this season as well as 752 RBIs. They have 280 two-baggers, while getting a free base 515 times and putting up 781 runs. The Houston Astros have recorded a team on-base percentage of .341 in addition to a team batting average of .270 so far this season. The Astros hold a slugging percentage of .444 and they are earning 5.35 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 1,105 occasions (30th in MLB) and have totaled 1,359 base hits.
The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.220 with a FIP of 4.09 as a unit for the year. They come in at 4th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,099. The Houston pitching staff have allowed 580 runs so far this season while having a team ERA of 3.69 (533 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.72 (1,320 strikeouts vs 486 free passes). They have relinquished 169 home runs and they concede 4.02 runs per 9 innings (4th in MLB).
Houston relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 36.3% out of 179 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 140 times in high leverage situations and also on 121 occasions with runners on base. With 118 save situations, the Astros have 63 holds and also 22 blown saves. They are currently ranked 19th in MLB holding a save percentage of 59.3%, and they have dispatched 456 relievers onto the diamond over the course of the season. Houston has called on relievers to enter the game in 54 save opportunities and they have converted 32 saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 111 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in MLB). The Astros have racked up 1,270 assists, 60 errors and have a tally of 3,898 putouts on the campaign. In their 11,694 innings played, the Astros are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 71.5% (2nd in the majors).
McCullers (44-29 career mark) holds a 3.57 ERA while surrendering 7.6 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.75 and he has gone up against 2,750 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 259 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.257 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.4. In his MLB career, McCullers has given up 554 hits while he has totaled 733 punch outs in 653 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Arizona (+270)
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