Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-233) Texas (+175)
James Kaprielian and the Oakland Athletics (67-48, 2nd in AL West) go to Globe Life Field on Saturday where they'll take on the Texas Rangers (40-75, 5th in AL West). The Athletics open this game at -233 while the Rangers are coming in at +175. The total has been set at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are James Kaprielian and Jordan Lyles.
Oakland has a slugging rate of .406 and have been called out on strikes 982 times, while being walked on 396 occasions. They have recorded 491 runs batted in in addition to 902 base knocks so far this season, while their batting average is at .237. The Athletics have accounted for 195 doubles as a team and have knocked 142 balls out of the stadium. They have earned a total of 524 runs scored and have an OBP of .318. As a team, the Oakland Athletics are notching 4.6 runs/g, which puts them at 14th in baseball.
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Athletics pitchers have conceded 117 home runs and also 442 runs in total (4th in baseball). They have walked 309 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 3.80 as a unit on the season. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.13 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.20. The Athletics are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.59 so far this year (4th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 968 batters.
Athletics relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 88 times in addition to having 98 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 48 holds this year (24th in baseball). The Athletics relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 65.9% and has stepped onto the mound in 92 save situations. They have accumulated 29 saves on the season and have blown 15 of 44 chances to get a save. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 121 runners for the season and 33.9% of those players ended up scoring. The Athletics have dispatched 345 relievers to the mound so far this year.
The Athletics have turned 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 9,213 innings, which has them sitting at 6th in baseball. The Oakland Athletics have a total of 3,071 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 922 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .988 which puts them in 2nd in pro baseball, and have earned 779 double plays.
Kaprielian has thrown 82 frames and has 87 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. Kaprielian (6-4 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.33 and he has gone up against 338 opposing hitters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.40 (31 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.159. He has surrendered 64 hits (7.0 hits per 9 innings) with 31 free passes.
Texas has compiled 124 long balls this season as well as 408 RBIs. They have 145 doubles, while walking 321 times as well as recording 427 runs. The Texas Rangers have accumulated a team OBP of .288 and a batting average of .221 so far this year. The Rangers have a team slugging % of .366 and they are scoring 3.71 runs per game (29th in the league). They have struck out on 1,013 instances (16th in the league) and have notched a total of 838 base hits.
The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.353 in addition to having a FIP of 4.66 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.49 (898 strikeouts vs 361 free passes). They rank 27th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 1,004. They have allowed 160 homers and they surrender 5.07 runs per 9 innings (23rd in baseball). The Texas pitching staff have surrendered 569 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 4.70 (527 earned runs allowed).
With 73 save situations, the Rangers have 37 holds in addition to 16 blown saves. Texas has called on relievers to enter the contest in 35 save opportunities and they have come away with 19 saves. Their relievers have come in 99 times in high leverage situations and also on 100 occasions with runners on. Texas bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 36.4% of 154 inherited base runners. They are ranked 25th in the league holding a save percentage of 54.3%, and they have sent 349 bullpen pitchers onto the field on the campaign.
In 9,084 innings on the field, the Rangers are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 69.2% (20th in professional baseball). The Texas Rangers have turned 103 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .985 (12th in pro baseball). The Rangers have accrued 1,051 assists, 63 errors and have accounted for 3,028 putouts for the season.
During his career, Lyles has allowed 1,201 base knocks and he has 832 punch outs in 1,092 innings. He has surrendered 637 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.448 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.7. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.18 and he has faced 4,824 batters in his pro baseball career. Lyles (49-75 career mark) has earned a 5.25 earned run average and has given up 9.9 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oakland (-233)
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