Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 5/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Cristian Javier and the Houston Astros (26-18, 1st in AL West) go to Globe Life Field on Sunday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (19-27, 5th in AL West).
As a team, the Houston Astros are notching 5.4 runs/g, which puts them at 1st in the league. They have notched a total of 237 runs scored and have an OBP of .337. The Astros have hit 87 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 51 baseballs out of the park. They have 226 runs batted in in addition to 414 hits on the campaign, while their average at the plate comes in at .273. Houston has a slugging rate of .438 and have struck out 307 times, while drawing a walk on 139 occasions.
Astros pitchers have surrendered 55 home runs and also 171 total runs (9th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 137 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.17 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.88 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.17. The Astros hold a team earned run average of 3.76 so far this season (11th in baseball), and they have struck out 394 batters.
Astros pitchers have entered the game with runners on 37 times in addition to having 43 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have notched 24 holds on the year (11th in the league). The Astros bullpen have a save percentage of 56.3% and has come into the game in 41 save situations. They have recorded 9 saves so far this year and have blown 7 out of their 16 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 64 runners on the year with 39.1% of those runners ended up scoring. The Astros have dispatched 134 relievers to the mound so far this year.
The Astros have transformed 72.6% of balls in play into outs out of their 3,516 innings, which ranks them 1st in pro baseball. The Houston Astros are sitting with 1,172 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 366 assists and 16 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .990 which puts them in 2nd in the majors, and they have twisted 324 double plays.
Javier (8-3 career mark) holds a FIP of 4.53 while he has gone up against 388 opposing batters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 64 hits (5.9 hits per 9 innings) and has had 33 walks. His earned run average is 3.39 (37 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 0.986. Javier has taken the ball for 98 innings and has tallied 107 strikeouts so far in his MLB career.
The Texas Rangers are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .304 in addition to a batting average of .235 for the year. They have been rung up on 444 instances (3rd in the league) and have a total of 359 base hits. Texas has a total of 54 HRs over the course of the season as well as 176 RBIs. The Rangers hold a slugging percentage of .384 and they are recording 4.00 runs per game (21st in the league). They have 53 doubles, while walking 134 times and earning 184 runs.
The Rangers are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.341 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.18 as a unit for the season. They have a ranking of 30th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 403. The Texas pitching staff have relinquished 208 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.33 (196 earned runs relinquished). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.66 (381 strikeouts vs 143 walks). They have conceded 55 long balls and they allow 4.60 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league).
Texas has had relief pitchers take the mound in 16 save opportunities and they have converted 12 saves. They are ranked 6th in baseball holding a save percentage of 75.0%, and they have dispatched 133 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the hill 39 times in high leverage situations and on 37 occasions with base runners. Texas relievers have an inherited score rate of 23.3% of 60 inherited base runners. Sitting with 28 save situations, the Rangers have recorded 11 holds and 4 blown saves.
Out of their 3,666 innings on the diamond, the Rangers are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 68.1% (24th in pro baseball). The Texas Rangers have turned 45 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .983 (18th in MLB). The Rangers have recorded 441 assists, 28 errors and have amassed 1,222 putouts this year.
In his MLB career, Foltynewicz has allowed 728 hits and he has 695 punch outs in 734 innings. He has allowed 358 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.334 and having a FIP of 4.4. His K/BB ratio is 2.76 and he has gone up against 3,159 opposing hitters during his career. Foltynewicz (45-46 mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.39 earned run average and has given up 8.9 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston
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