Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 4/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Texas Rangers
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (-101) Texas (-109)
Kyle Gibson and the Texas Rangers (6-8, 5th in AL West) play the Baltimore Orioles (6-8, 4th in AL East) at Globe Life Field on Sunday. The Orioles open this contest at -101 while the Rangers are coming in at -109. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are John Means and Kyle Gibson.
As a squad, the Baltimore Orioles are compiling 4.1 runs per contest, which is 19th in baseball. They have earned 58 runs scored and hold an OBP of .283. The Orioles have tallied 22 doubles as a team and have hit 14 baseballs out of the park. They have recorded 55 runs batted in as well as 99 base knocks so far this year, and their team batting average sits at .218. Baltimore is slugging .367 and have been rung up 146 times, while being walked on 41 occasions.
Orioles pitchers have allowed 23 long balls and also 67 total runs (21st in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 40 hitters and their FIP is 4.86 as a team on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.93 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.30. The Orioles hold a team ERA of 4.73 this season (23rd in MLB), and their staff has struck out 117 batters.
The Orioles have sent 47 relievers to the mound this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 31 runners on the campaign and 35.5% of those runners crossed the plate. They have earned 4 saves on the campaign and have not converted 4 out of their 8 save opportunities. The Orioles relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 50.0% and has entered the game in 14 save situations. The relievers have recorded 6 holds on the campaign (13th in the league). Orioles pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 20 times and also have had 17 appearances in high leverage situations.
Means has taken the hill for 218 innings and is sitting with 181 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.83 (93 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.107. He has surrendered 193 base hits (7.9 hits per nine innings) and has had 49 free passes. Means (15-15 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.60 and he has gone up against 894 opposing hitters in the majors.
The Texas Rangers have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .300 as well as a batting average of .226 this year. They have been called out on strikes on 149 instances (1st in MLB) and have accounted for 105 hits. Texas has accounted for 16 HRs so far this year and 56 RBIs. The Rangers have a team SLG% of .366 and they average 4.07 runs per game (22nd in the league). They have notched 13 doubles, while taking a walk 38 times as well as earning 57 runs.
The Rangers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.282 and have a FIP of 4.62 as a unit so far this season. They rank 27th in MLB as a staff in total hits given up with 116. The Texas pitching staff have relinquished 65 runs on the campaign while having a team ERA of 4.21 (58 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.86 (123 strikeouts vs 43 free passes). They have given up 21 dingers and they allow 4.72 runs per 9 innings (17th in the league).
Texas bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 23.5% of 17 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 10 times in high leverage situations and on 9 occasions with runners on. With 11 save situations, the Rangers have 4 holds in addition to 3 blown saves. They are currently ranked 22nd in the league holding a save percentage of 50.0%, and they have dispatched 43 relief pitchers to the hill for the year. Texas has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 6 save opportunities and they have come away with 3 saves.
Gibson (71-74 career mark) is the owner of a 4.56 ERA and has given up 9.5 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.14 and he has gone up against 5,054 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 592 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.419 and having a FIP of 4.3. In his MLB career, Gibson has surrendered 1,229 hits while accumulating 915 strikeouts in 1,167 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baltimore (-101)
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