Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-152) Texas (+120)
Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros (83-59, 1st in AL West) head to Globe Life Field on Tuesday where they'll take on the Texas Rangers (53-89, 5th in AL West). The line on this matchup has the Astros coming in at -152 and the Rangers are at +120. The O/U is set at 7. The pitchers taking the mound will be Zack Greinke and Spencer Howard.
Houston has a slugging rate of .439 and have been called out on strikes 1,070 times, while drawing a walk on 501 occasions. They have earned 718 runs batted in and 1,311 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate comes in at .268. The Astros have compiled 269 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 181 baseballs out of the stadium. They have earned 746 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .340. As a squad, the Houston Astros are putting up 5.3 runs/g, which ranks them 3rd in the league.
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Astros pitchers have surrendered 166 long balls in addition to 568 runs (4th in baseball). They have walked 475 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.10 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.71 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.22. The Astros hold a team ERA of 3.72 so far this year (4th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 1,289 hitters.
The Astros relief pitchers have a save rate of 59.3% and has come into the game in 118 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 177 runners on the season with 36.2% of them crossed the plate. Astros pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 120 times and also have had 140 appearances in high leverage situations. The Astros have dispatched 442 relief pitchers to the hill for the season. The relievers have notched 63 holds on the season (21st in the league). They have accumulated 32 saves for the year and have blown 22 of 54 save opportunities.
The Astros have turned 71.4% of balls in play into outs in their 11,379 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 2nd in the majors. The Houston Astros are sitting with 3,793 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 1,232 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .988 which has them sitting 1st in the majors, and they have twisted 1,026 double plays.
Greinke has taken the mound for 3,098 innings and is sitting with 2,799 punch outs in his career. Greinke (219-131 career record) has earned a FIP of 3.42 and he has faced 12,648 batters in the majors. His ERA is 3.38 (1,165 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.158. He has conceded 2,880 base hits (8.4 hits per 9 innings) with 708 walks.
The Texas Rangers are sitting with an OBP of .294 and a team batting average of .231 on the campaign. They have been rung up on 1,219 instances (20th in MLB) and have accounted for 1,097 hits. Texas has 152 home runs so far this season to go along with 532 runs batted in. The Rangers have a team slugging % of .378 and they are scoring 3.93 runs per contest (29th in the league). They have 200 doubles, while walking 381 times as well as scoring 558 runs.
The Texas pitching staff have conceded 699 runs for the year while holding a team ERA of 4.65 (646 earned runs surrendered). They have surrendered 205 dingers and they yield 5.04 runs per 9 innings (22nd in baseball). The Rangers have a WHIP of 1.334 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.74 as a team for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 2.46 (1,081 strikeouts vs 440 walks). They come in at 24th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,226.
Texas relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 33.2% of 193 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 122 times in high leverage situations and on 126 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 105 save situations, the Rangers have tallied 58 holds and 19 blown saves. They are ranked 23rd in the league with a save percentage of 57.8%, and they have sent 439 bullpen pitchers onto the field this year. Texas has called on relievers to take the mound in 45 save opportunities and they have come away with 26 saves.
The Texas Rangers have twisted 124 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in professional baseball). The Rangers have 1,278 assists, 77 errors and have 3,748 putouts this year. In their 11,244 innings on the diamond, the Rangers have earned a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (11th in baseball).
Howard (1-5 record in his career) holds a 6.10 earned run average while giving up 9.4 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.13 and he has faced 281 hitters thus far in his career. He has given up a total of 42 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.532 and a FIP of 4.9. In his career, Howard has conceded 65 base knocks while he has totaled 64 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-152)
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