Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 9/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-222) Texas (+165)
Globe Life Field is the site where Kohei Arihara and the Texas Rangers (53-90, 5th in AL West) will play the Houston Astros (84-59, 1st in AL West) on Wednesday. The Rangers open this game at +165 while the Astros are coming in at -222. The over/under has been set at 9. The starting pitchers are Jose Urquidy and Kohei Arihara.
The Astros have recorded 273 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 186 baseballs out of the stadium. Houston owns a slugging percentage of .442 and have been rung up 1,078 times, while drawing a walk on 506 occasions. As a team, the Houston Astros are scoring 5.3 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 2nd in MLB. They have earned 733 runs batted in as well as 1,327 base knocks on the season, while their average at the plate sits at .269. They have earned a total of 761 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .341.
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The Astros hold a team ERA of 3.70 so far this season (4th in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,299 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 476 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.09 as a team so far this season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.73 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.22. Astros pitchers have surrendered 166 home runs and also 569 runs (4th in MLB).
Astros bullpen pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 120 times and also have had 140 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have notched 63 holds for the year (21st in MLB). The Astros relievers have recorded a save rate of 59.3% and has entered the game in 118 save situations. They have accumulated 32 saves on the campaign and have missed out on 22 of 54 chances to save the game. The relievers have inherited 177 runners this season with 36.2% of them crossed the plate. The Astros have sent 447 relief pitchers to the hill for the season.
The Astros have converted 71.4% of balls in play into outs in their 11,460 innings, which has them sitting at 2nd in MLB. The Houston Astros are sitting with 3,820 putouts this year, as well as 1,242 assists and 59 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .988 which has them sitting 1st in baseball, and they have twisted 1,030 double plays.
Urquidy (9-5 career win-loss record) holds a FIP of 4.00 and he has faced 619 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. He has surrendered 130 hits (7.5 hits per nine innings) and has 31 walks. His earned run average is 3.48 (60 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.036. Urquidy has taken the mound for 155 frames and has earned 129 strikeouts during his MLB career.
Texas has accumulated 152 long balls over the course of the season as well as 533 runs batted in. They have 200 two-baggers, while walking 382 times as well as earning 559 runs. The Texas Rangers have compiled an OBP of .295 as well as a batting average of .231 this season. The Rangers hold a team slugging % of .377 and they are earning 3.91 runs per game (29th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 1,229 occasions (20th in the league) and have 1,106 base hits.
The Rangers have a team WHIP of 1.341 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.78 as a squad on the year. They are sitting at 27th in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 1,242. The Texas pitching staff have surrendered 714 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.73 (661 earned runs yielded). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.45 (1,089 strikeouts vs 445 free passes). They have surrendered 210 dingers and they give up 5.11 runs per 9 innings (22nd in the league).
With 105 save situations, the Rangers have amassed 58 holds and also 19 blown saves. Texas has had relief pitchers enter the game in 45 save chances and they have walked away with 26 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 122 times in high leverage situations and on 128 occasions with base runners. Texas bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 34.0% out of 197 inherited runners. They are ranked 23rd in the league with a save rate of 57.8%, and they have sent 443 relievers onto the field this year.
The Texas Rangers have twisted 125 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (15th in professional baseball). The Rangers have racked up 1,288 assists, 77 errors and have accumulated 3,775 putouts during this campaign. In 11,325 innings played, the Rangers have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (11th in baseball).
So far in his MLB career, Arihara has surrendered 37 hits and he has 23 K's in 36 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 24 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.364 and having a FIP of 6.3. His K/BB ratio is 1.77 and he has faced 157 batters in his pro baseball career. Arihara (2-3 career win-loss mark) has a 5.89 ERA while conceding 9.1 hits per 9 innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-222)
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