Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 4/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (-101) Texas (-109)
Dane Dunning and the Texas Rangers (6-7, 5th in AL West) host the Baltimore Orioles (5-8, 4th in AL East) at Globe Life Field on Saturday. The Orioles open this matchup at -101 while the Rangers are priced at -109. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Dean Kremer and Dane Dunning.
As a team, the Baltimore Orioles are putting up 4.1 runs per game, which ranks them 20th in baseball. They have 53 runs scored and have an OBP of .288. The Orioles have earned 19 doubles as a unit and have hit 12 baseballs out of the stadium. They have 50 RBI's and 92 hits so far this season, and their team batting average is at .218. Baltimore has a slugging % of .353 and have struck out 135 times, while taking a walk on 40 occasions.
The Orioles have an ERA of 4.95 this year (24th in the league), and their staff has struck out 102 hitters. Their K/BB ratio is 2.62 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.36. Orioles pitchers have given up 21 home runs and 65 total runs (22nd in baseball). They have walked 39 batters and their FIP comes in at 4.97 as a unit for the year.
The Orioles have sent 43 relievers to the hill for the year. The relievers have inherited 31 runners on the season with 35.5% of those runners crossed the plate. They have accumulated 3 saves on the campaign and have blown 4 out of their 7 save opportunities. The Orioles bullpen have earned a save percentage of 42.9% and has stepped onto the mound in 10 save situations. The bullpen are sitting with 3 holds this year (23rd in MLB). Orioles bullpen pitchers have entered the game with players on base 20 times in addition to having 17 appearances in high leverage situations.
Kremer has pitched in 24 frames and has 30 K's during his career. His earned run average is 6.20 (17 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.662. He has given up 24 base knocks (8.8 hits per 9 innings) and has had 17 free passes. Kremer (1-2 career win-loss record) has earned a FIP of 3.87 while he has faced 115 batters during his time in the majors.
The Texas Rangers hold a team on-base percentage of .308 as well as a team batting average of .234 this year. They have been rung up on 134 instances (2nd in baseball) and have recorded 101 hits. Texas has compiled 14 long balls for the season as well as 54 RBIs. The Rangers hold a slugging % of .370 and they average 4.23 runs per contest (18th in baseball). They have recorded 13 doubles, while getting a free base 37 times and scoring 55 runs.
The Texas pitching staff have allowed 60 runs over the course of the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.15 (53 earned runs conceded). They have conceded 19 long balls and they allow 4.70 runs per 9 innings (16th in baseball). The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.313 and have a FIP of 4.66 as a squad for the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.67 (112 strikeouts vs 42 free passes). They come in at 25th in the league as a staff in total hits surrendered with 109.
Texas has had bullpen pitchers take the mound in 6 save opportunities and they have recorded 3 saves. They are ranked 22nd in the league with a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have sent 41 bullpen pitchers to the mound on the season. Their relievers have come in 10 times in high leverage situations and on 9 occasions with runners on. Texas relievers hold an inherited score rate of 23.5% of 17 inherited base runners. Sitting with 11 save situations, the Rangers have tallied 4 holds in addition to 3 blown saves.
Dunning (3-0 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 3.35 earned run average and has surrendered 6.3 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.07 and he has gone up against 176 opposing hitters during his MLB career. He has given up 16 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.047 and a FIP of 3.7. Thus far in his career, Dunning has surrendered 30 base knocks while he has tallied 46 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (-109)
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