Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/27/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-238) Texas (+170)
Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros (75-52, 1st in AL West) head to Globe Life Field on Friday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (44-82, 5th in AL West). The Rangers open this game at +170 while the Astros are priced at -238. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Jake Odorizzi and Kolby Allard.
As a squad, the Houston Astros are knocking in 5.4 runs per game, which ranks them 1st in MLB. They have earned a total of 683 runs and hold an OBP of .340. The Astros have accumulated 240 doubles as a unit and have smacked 166 baseballs out of the park. They have compiled 656 RBI's and 1,171 hits on the campaign, while their team batting average is sitting at .268. Houston has a slugging percentage of .442 and have struck out 964 times, while taking a walk on 450 occasions.
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Astros pitchers have surrendered 149 home runs in addition to 500 total runs (6th in MLB). They have walked 416 batters and their FIP sits at 4.08 as a squad this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.78 and their pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.21. The Astros are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.61 for the season (5th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,158 batters.
The Astros have sent 386 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 159 base runners on the year with 35.8% of those players earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 26 saves on the campaign and have blown 19 of 45 save opportunities. The Astros relief pitchers have a save rate of 57.8% and has come into the game in 99 save situations. The relievers have a total of 53 holds over the course of the season (23rd in MLB). Astros relief pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 108 times and also have had 117 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Houston Astros have accounted for 3,399 putouts thus far, as well as 1,102 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .989 which puts them in 1st in professional baseball, and have a total of 921 double plays. The Astros have transformed 71.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,197 innings, which ranks them 2nd in the majors.
Odorizzi has taken the ball for 1,122 frames and has 1,065 K's in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.96 (494 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.241. He has surrendered 1,005 base knocks (8.1 hits per nine innings) with 387 walks. Odorizzi (68-62 record in his career) holds a FIP of 4.18 and he has gone up against 4,716 hitters during his time in the major leagues.
The Texas Rangers have tallied a team OBP of .291 and a team batting average of .227 this year. They have struck out on 1,091 instances (17th in baseball) and have 949 hits. Texas has tallied 135 long balls on the year to go along with 455 runs batted in. The Rangers have a SLG% of .372 and they are earning 3.79 runs per contest (28th in baseball). They have notched 169 doubles, while getting a free base 341 times and racking up 478 runs.
The Rangers have a team WHIP of 1.345 in addition to having a FIP of 4.74 as a team for the year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.46 (975 strikeouts against 396 free passes). They come in at 26th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,096. They have surrendered 182 long balls and they concede 5.09 runs per 9 innings (23rd in the league). The Texas pitching staff have given up 627 runs for the year while holding a team ERA of 4.69 (578 earned runs surrendered).
Texas bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 33.7% of 172 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 106 times in high leverage situations in addition to 112 occasions with runners on. With 81 save situations, the Rangers have earned 42 holds and also 17 blown saves. They sit at 24th in the league holding a save rate of 55.3%, and they have dispatched 385 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond for the year. Texas has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 38 save chances and they have walked away with 21 saves.
In 9,984 innings on the diamond, the Rangers are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (15th in professional baseball). The Texas Rangers have turned 111 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .985 (11th in the majors). The Rangers have racked up 1,145 assists, 66 errors and have amassed 3,328 putouts this year.
Allard (8-19 mark in his career) has earned a 5.73 earned run average while allowing 9.6 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.38 and he has faced 828 opposing hitters so far in his career. He has given up a total of 119 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.412 and having a FIP of 4.8. Thus far in his career, Allard has allowed 200 hits while tallying 152 K's in 187 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas (+170)
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