Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 7/9/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, July 9, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-135) Texas (+110)
Cole Irvin and the Oakland Athletics (49-39, 2nd in AL West) go to Globe Life Field on Friday where they'll meet the Texas Rangers (34-53, 5th in AL West). The line on this contest has the Athletics coming in at -135 and the Rangers are at +110. The total is set at 9.5. The starting pitchers are Cole Irvin and Jordan Lyles.
As a team, the Oakland Athletics are earning 4.5 runs per game, which is 13th in the league. They have accounted for 389 runs while holding a team OBP of .315. The Athletics have compiled 143 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 105 balls out of the park. They have amassed 364 RBI's and 670 hits for the season, and their batting average sits at .234. Oakland has a slugging percentage of .404 and have struck out 748 times, while taking a walk on 302 occasions.
The Athletics are sitting with a team ERA of 3.89 so far this season (11th in MLB), and they have struck out 715 batters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.07 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.25. Athletics pitchers have given up 97 home runs and 363 total runs (13th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 233 opposing players and their FIP is 3.98 as a squad on the year.
The Athletics bullpen have earned a save rate of 65.6% and has come into the game in 71 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 98 runners on the campaign and 33.7% of them earned a run for their team. Athletics pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 69 times in addition to having 71 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 262 relief pitchers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have notched 39 holds this year (17th in MLB). They have accumulated 21 saves for the season and have missed out on 11 out of their 32 save chances.
The Athletics have turned 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of 6,948 innings, which has them sitting at 15th in baseball. The Oakland Athletics have earned 2,316 putouts this season, as well as 686 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .987 which is 3rd in professional baseball, and have earned 597 double plays.
Irvin (8-9 win-loss record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.15 and he has gone up against 626 batters in the majors. He has conceded 159 hits (9.8 hits per 9 innings) and has 33 walks. His earned run average is 4.55 (74 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.312. Irvin has pitched in 146 innings and has earned 108 punch outs during his pro baseball career.
The Texas Rangers have compiled a team OBP of .302 in addition to a batting average of .234 this season. They have struck out on 776 instances (11th in MLB) and have tallied 675 base hits. Texas has recorded 103 long balls on the season to go along with 341 RBIs. The Rangers hold a team SLG% of .387 and they average 4.16 runs per contest (21st in baseball). They have 106 doubles, while taking a walk 254 times as well as notching 358 runs.
The Rangers have a team WHIP of 1.340 with a FIP of 4.41 as a unit this season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.66 (700 strikeouts against 263 walks). They rank 27th in baseball as a staff in total hits relinquished with 757. They have relinquished 113 homers and they surrender 4.84 runs per 9 innings (20th in the league). The Texas pitching staff have allowed 409 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.47 (378 earned runs conceded).
Texas relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 34.8% of 115 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 72 times in high leverage situations in addition to 74 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 57 save situations, the Rangers have 27 holds and 13 blown saves. They sit at 25th in the league with a save percentage of 55.2%, and they have dispatched 255 relievers to the hill for the year. Texas has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 29 save opportunities and they have converted 16 saves.
The Texas Rangers have turned 77 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .984 (11th in the majors). The Rangers have recorded 781 assists, 49 errors and have accounted for 2,283 putouts on the season. In their 6,849 innings on the diamond, the Rangers hold a defensive efficiency of 68.7% (23rd in MLB).
Lyles (48-71 career win-loss record) has a 5.20 ERA and has surrendered 9.9 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.19 and he has gone up against 4,670 opposing hitters so far in his career. He has surrendered 611 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.444 and having a FIP of 4.6. In his career, Lyles has surrendered 1,160 base hits while tallying 805 punch outs in 1,057 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oakland (-135)
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