Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 6/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-152) Texas (+120)
Globe Life Field is the venue where Mike Foltynewicz and the Texas Rangers (26-46, 5th in AL West) will take on the Oakland Athletics (44-30, 2nd in AL West) on Wednesday. The Rangers open this game at +120 while the Athletics are coming in at -152. The total is set at 9. The pitchers expected to start will be James Kaprielian and Mike Foltynewicz.
As a unit, the Oakland Athletics are knocking in 4.5 runs per game, which is 13th in MLB. They have earned 332 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .319. The Athletics have tallied 122 doubles as a unit and have hit 94 baseballs out of the stadium. They have amassed 311 RBI's and 565 base knocks for the season, and their average at the plate is sitting at .235. Oakland is slugging .412 and have been rung up 643 times, while drawing a walk on 267 occasions.
Athletics pitchers have yielded 78 home runs and 308 runs in total (15th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 197 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 3.86 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.11 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.25. The Athletics have an ERA of 3.93 this season (13th in the league), and the staff has rung up 612 batters.
The Athletics have sent 220 relief pitchers to the hill on the campaign. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 86 runners so far this year with 34.9% of those players crossed the plate. They have recorded 20 saves on the year and have blown 8 of 28 save opportunities. The Athletics relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 71.4% and stepped onto the hill in 64 save situations. The bullpen have notched 36 holds for the season (11th in baseball). Athletics relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 56 times and also have had 60 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Athletics have converted 69.5% of baseballs in play into outs in their 5,883 innings, which has them ranked 17th in professional baseball. The Oakland Athletics have accounted for 1,961 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 566 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .987 which ranks 4th in baseball, and have accumulated 506 double plays.
Kaprielian (4-1 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.66 and he has gone up against 174 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has surrendered 29 hits (6.3 hits per 9 innings) and has had 19 free passes. His ERA is 3.24 (15 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.152. Kaprielian has taken the mound for 41 innings and has earned 46 strikeouts during his career.
Texas has knocked in 79 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 272 runs batted in. They have put up 86 two-baggers, while taking a walk 217 times and scoring 286 runs. The Texas Rangers have recorded an on-base percentage of .298 as well as a batting average of .229 so far this season. The Rangers hold a slugging percentage of .372 and they tally 3.97 runs per contest (24th in baseball). They have struck out on 669 occasions (9th in the league) and are sitting with 549 base hits.
The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.380 in addition to having a FIP of 4.45 as a team over the course of the season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.60 (584 strikeouts against 225 walks). They sit at 29th in baseball as a staff in total hits allowed with 653. They have surrendered 96 long balls and they relinquish 4.94 runs per 9 innings (21st in baseball). The Texas pitching staff have surrendered 349 runs so far this season while holding an ERA of 4.60 (325 earned runs allowed).
Texas has called on relievers to take the mound in 24 save chances and they have walked away with 13 saves. They are ranked 24th in baseball holding a save percentage of 54.2%, and they have sent 218 relievers to the mound so far this season. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 64 times in high leverage situations and on 63 occasions with base runners. Texas relievers hold an inherited score rate of 33.0% out of 97 inherited runners. With 47 save situations, the Rangers have accumulated 22 holds and 11 blown saves.
The Texas Rangers have twisted 71 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (12th in MLB). The Rangers have racked up 675 assists, 42 errors and have a total of 1,910 putouts for the season. Out of their 5,730 innings on the diamond, the Rangers hold a defensive efficiency of 67.8% (26th in the majors).
In his pro baseball career, Foltynewicz has conceded 759 base knocks while tallying 706 K's in 760 frames. Foltynewicz (45-49 career mark) has a 4.45 ERA and has surrendered 9.0 hits per 9 innings. He has given up 376 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.338 and having a FIP of 4.5. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.74 and he has faced 3,272 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (-152)
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