Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-213) Texas (+160)
Globe Life Field is the site where Taylor Hearn and the Texas Rangers (44-84, 5th in AL West) will take on the Houston Astros (76-52, 1st in AL West) on Sunday. The odds on this contest have the Astros priced at -213 and the Rangers are at +160. The over/under opens at 8. The starting pitchers are Zack Greinke and Taylor Hearn.
The Astros have compiled 243 doubles as a unit and have hit 166 balls out of the park. Houston has a slugging percentage of .441 and have been called out on strikes 974 times, while taking a walk on 453 occasions. As a unit, the Houston Astros are scoring 5.4 runs per game, which ranks them 1st in MLB. They have earned 661 runs batted in and 1,180 hits on the campaign, while their batting average is sitting at .268. They have accumulated 688 runs scored while having a team on-base percentage of .339.
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Astros pitchers have yielded 150 home runs and also 504 runs (4th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 416 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.07 as a team for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.81 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.21. The Astros have compiled a team earned run average of 3.62 this year (5th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 1,168 batters.
The Astros have sent 390 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relievers have inherited 159 runners on the year with 35.8% of those players earned a run for their team. They have tallied 27 saves over the course of the season and have blown 19 out of their 46 chances to save the game. The Astros relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 58.7% and has come into the game in 102 save situations. The bullpen have recorded 55 holds for the season (23rd in MLB). Astros relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 108 times and also have had 120 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Houston Astros have accumulated 3,426 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,107 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .989 which puts them in 1st in baseball, and they have turned 929 double plays. The Astros have converted 71.7% of balls in play into outs out of 10,278 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 2nd in pro baseball.
Greinke (219-130 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 3.42 while he has gone up against 12,625 hitters in the major leagues. He has allowed 2,871 base hits (8.3 hits per 9 innings) and has had 706 walks. His earned run average is 3.37 (1,159 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.156. Greinke has pitched in 3,094 innings and has racked up 2,798 K's during his MLB career.
Texas has recorded 138 home runs so far this season as well as 463 RBIs. They have put up 174 doubles, while taking a walk 343 times and putting up 488 runs. The Texas Rangers have an on-base percentage of .292 in addition to a batting average of .228 this year. The Rangers hold a team slugging % of .374 and they tally 3.81 runs per contest (28th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 1,110 occasions (18th in MLB) and have earned a total of 971 hits.
The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.352 and have a FIP of 4.73 as a team this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.47 (995 strikeouts vs 403 bases on balls). They are sitting at 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,120. They have given up 185 long balls and they surrender 5.13 runs per 9 innings (24th in MLB). The Texas pitching staff have conceded 642 runs for the season and come in with a team ERA of 4.74 (593 earned runs surrendered).
With 83 save situations, the Rangers have earned 43 holds and also 18 blown saves. Texas has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 39 save opportunities and they have come away with 21 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 107 times in high leverage situations in addition to 114 occasions with runners on base. Texas relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.3% of 175 inherited base runners. They rank 25th in the league with a save percentage of 53.8%, and they have sent 393 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the season.
The Texas Rangers have twisted 112 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (12th in professional baseball). The Rangers have 1,160 assists, 67 errors and have earned a total of 3,379 putouts during this campaign. In 10,137 innings played, the Rangers have earned a efficiency on defense of 69.4% (19th in the majors).
In his pro baseball career, Hearn has given up 76 hits while earning 94 strikeouts in 88 innings. He has given up a total of 43 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.415 and having a FIP of 4.9. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.92 and he has gone up against 386 hitters in his MLB career. Hearn (3-5 mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.38 earned run average while giving up 7.7 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Texas (+160)
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