Minnesota Twins vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 6/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Twins vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (-167) Texas (+130)
Jose Berrios and the Minnesota Twins (27-41, 5th in AL Central) travel to Globe Life Field on Friday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (25-43, 5th in AL West). The Rangers open this matchup at +130 while the Twins are coming in at -167. The over/under opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers will be Jose Berrios and Mike Foltynewicz.
Minnesota has a slugging % of .430 and have been called out on strikes 592 times, while drawing a walk on 216 occasions. They have recorded 289 RBI's and 557 base knocks so far this year, while their average at the plate is sitting at .244. The Twins have tallied 116 doubles as a squad and have hit 99 balls out of the park. They have 309 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .314. As a team, the Minnesota Twins are notching 4.5 runs per game, which ranks them 11th in MLB.
Twins pitchers have given up 102 home runs and 365 total runs (29th in the league). They have walked 206 hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.69 as a squad on the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 2.71 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.37. The Twins hold a team earned run average of 5.01 this season (28th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 558 hitters.
The Twins have dispatched 219 relief pitchers to the mound so far this year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 74 runners for the season with 60.8% of those players earned a run for their team. They have tallied 15 saves over the course of the season and have blown 10 of 25 save opportunities. The Twins relievers have earned a save percentage of 60.0% and stepped onto the hill in 62 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 37 holds so far this year (9th in the league). Twins pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 52 times in addition to having 72 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Minnesota Twins have amassed 1,774 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 596 assists and 48 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .980 which ranks 27th in baseball, and have a total of 448 double plays. The Twins have turned 68.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 5,322 innings, which has them sitting at 24th in the majors.
Berrios has thrown 737 innings and has totaled 734 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. Berrios (55-40 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.05 while facing 3,118 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 4.12 (337 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.248. He has allowed 679 base knocks (8.3 hits per 9 innings) with 241 walks.
The Texas Rangers hold an on-base percentage of .299 and a batting average of .229 on the season. They have struck out on 638 occasions (9th in baseball) and have 517 hits. Texas has 73 HRs on the year as well as 255 runs batted in. The Rangers have a team slugging % of .370 and they are recording 3.96 runs per game (24th in baseball). They have 82 doubles, while taking a walk 209 times as well as putting up 269 runs.
The Texas pitching staff have allowed 332 runs for the season while holding a team ERA of 4.67 (311 earned runs conceded). They have surrendered 92 homers and they surrender 4.99 runs per 9 innings (21st in MLB). The Rangers have a team WHIP of 1.380 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.46 as a staff this year. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.65 (554 strikeouts vs 209 walks). They are sitting at 29th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 618.
With 46 save situations, the Rangers have 21 holds in addition to 11 blown saves. Texas has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 24 save opportunities and they have tallied 13 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 59 times in high leverage situations and on 60 occasions with runners on base. Texas relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 33.7% out of their 92 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 23rd in the league holding a save rate of 54.2%, and they have dispatched 203 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the campaign.
The Texas Rangers have turned 65 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .985 (6th in the majors). The Rangers have accrued 631 assists, 36 errors and have a total of 1,799 putouts so far this year. In their 5,397 innings on the field, the Rangers are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 67.9% (27th in professional baseball).
So far in his MLB career, Foltynewicz has conceded 753 base knocks while accumulating 702 punch outs in 755 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 372 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.336 and a FIP of 4.5. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.74 and he has faced 3,250 opposing batters thus far in his career. Foltynewicz (45-49 career win-loss record) holds a 4.43 ERA while surrendering 9.0 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas (+130)
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