Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chicago White Sox vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Chicago (-256) Texas (+190)
Globe Life Field is the site where Spencer Howard and the Texas Rangers (54-92, 5th in AL West) will take on the Chicago White Sox (83-63, 1st in AL Central) on Saturday. The Rangers open this game at +190 while the White Sox are priced at -256. The O/U opens at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Lance Lynn and Spencer Howard.
As a team, the Chicago White Sox are earning 5.0 runs per game, which puts them at 6th in the league. They have earned a total of 722 runs while having a team on-base percentage of .334. The White Sox have hit 241 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 172 balls out of the stadium. They have compiled 686 runs batted in as well as 1,232 hits on the campaign, while their batting average is sitting at .255. Chicago is slugging .420 and have been called out on strikes 1,262 times, while being walked on 523 occasions.
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The White Sox hold a team ERA of 3.80 for the year (7th in baseball), and they have rung up 1,445 batters. They have walked 445 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 3.82 as a team for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.25 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.20. White Sox pitchers have yielded 173 home runs and 589 runs in total (5th in the league).
White Sox pitchers have stepped onto the hill with players on base 121 times and also have had 141 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 84 holds on the year (6th in baseball). The White Sox relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 61.9% and has come into the game in 151 save situations. They have earned 39 saves on the season and have not converted 24 of 63 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 184 runners this season with 33.7% of them earned a run for their team. The White Sox have dispatched 454 relief pitchers to the hill on the year.
The Chicago White Sox have amassed 3,805 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,091 assists and 89 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .982 which is 27th in baseball, and have a total of 997 double plays. The White Sox have turned 69.8% of balls in play into outs in their 11,415 innings, ranking them 13th in the majors.
Lynn (114-75 career win-loss record) sits with a FIP of 3.59 and he has gone up against 6,622 opposing hitters in the majors. He has allowed 1,418 base knocks (8.1 hits per 9 innings) and has had 571 free passes. His earned run average is 3.47 (605 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.269. Lynn has taken the hill for 1,567 innings and has racked up 1,576 strikeouts during his pro baseball career.
The Texas Rangers hold a team on-base percentage of .294 as well as a batting average of .231 on the year. They have been called out on strikes on 1,250 occasions (20th in the league) and have earned a total of 1,123 base knocks. Texas has compiled 155 home runs on the campaign to go along with 544 runs batted in. The Rangers have a team SLG% of .376 and they average 3.90 runs per contest (29th in the league). They have notched 204 two-baggers, while getting a free base 392 times as well as putting up 570 runs.
The Texas pitching staff have relinquished 734 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 4.77 (681 earned runs relinquished). They have allowed 215 long balls and they allow 5.14 runs per 9 innings (24th in baseball). The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.345 and have a FIP of 4.79 as a staff over the course of the season. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.46 (1,116 strikeouts vs 454 bases on balls). They are sitting at 27th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,275.
Texas has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 45 save opportunities and they have tallied 26 saves. They sit at 22nd in MLB with a save percentage of 57.8%, and they have sent 453 bullpen pitchers onto the field so far this year. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 122 times in high leverage situations and also on 132 occasions with base runners. Texas bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 33.3% out of 204 inherited base runners. Sitting with 105 save situations, the Rangers have accumulated 58 holds in addition to 19 blown saves.
The Texas Rangers have turned 130 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (13th in MLB). The Rangers have 1,322 assists, 77 errors and have 3,856 putouts so far this year. Out of their 11,568 innings on the field, the Rangers are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (14th in pro baseball).
So far in his career, Howard has given up 71 base knocks and he has 66 strikeouts in 63 frames. He has given up a total of 48 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.611 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.8. His K/BB ratio is 2.13 and he has faced 292 hitters so far in his MLB career. Howard (1-6 win-loss record in his career) holds a 6.82 ERA while allowing 10.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chicago (-256)
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