Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-227) Texas (+170)
Kolby Allard and the Texas Rangers (41-75, 5th in AL West) host the Oakland Athletics (67-49, 2nd in AL West) at Globe Life Field on Sunday. The Rangers open this game at +170 while the Athletics are coming in at -227. The O/U opens at 9. The men taking the mound will be Sean Manaea and Kolby Allard.
Oakland has a slugging rate of .407 and have been called out on strikes 991 times, while taking a walk on 401 occasions. They have amassed 497 runs batted in as well as 911 base knocks so far this season, while their batting average is at .237. The Athletics have tallied 198 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 143 balls out of the park. They have a total of 530 runs while having a team OBP of .318. As a unit, the Oakland Athletics are compiling 4.6 runs per outing, which has them at 12th in the league.
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Athletics pitchers have given up 119 home runs in addition to 450 runs (5th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 312 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.82 as a squad so far this season. They have a K/BB ratio of 3.12 and the pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.20. The Athletics have compiled a team ERA of 3.61 on the year (4th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 972 batters.
Athletics pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 89 times as well as having 99 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have accumulated 48 holds so far this season (24th in baseball). The Athletics relief pitchers have a save rate of 64.4% and stepped onto the hill in 93 save situations. They have recorded 29 saves so far this season and have blown 16 out of their 45 chances to save the game. The relief pitchers have inherited 123 runners on the campaign and 35.0% of those players earned a run for their team. The Athletics have dispatched 348 relief pitchers to the hill this season.
The Athletics have turned 70.5% of balls hit into play into outs in their 9,213 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 6th in pro baseball. The Oakland Athletics have amassed 3,071 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 922 assists and 49 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .988 which puts them in 2nd in the majors, and have a total of 779 double plays.
Manaea has taken the ball for 676 innings and has accounted for 590 strikeouts so far in his MLB career. Manaea (47-38 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.92 while he has gone up against 2,807 batters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.77 (283 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.199. He has given up 640 base hits (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 171 walks.
Texas has tallied 126 home runs on the year to go along with 416 runs batted in. They have 145 doubles, while taking a walk 324 times and putting up 435 runs. The Texas Rangers have a team OBP of .289 in addition to a team batting average of .222 for the season. The Rangers have a team slugging % of .367 and they have an average of 3.75 runs per game (29th in baseball). They have been called out on strikes on 1,017 instances (16th in baseball) and have totaled 849 hits.
The Texas pitching staff have allowed 575 runs on the season while holding an ERA of 4.71 (533 earned runs relinquished). They have surrendered 161 long balls and they allow 5.08 runs per 9 innings (23rd in the league). The Rangers have a team WHIP of 1.354 and have a FIP of 4.65 as a pitching staff for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.48 (907 strikeouts against 366 bases on balls). They rank 26th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,013.
Texas relievers have an inherited score rate of 35.9% out of their 156 inherited base runners. Their relievers have come in 101 times in high leverage situations and on 101 occasions with runners on. With 76 save situations, the Rangers have recorded 39 holds and 16 blown saves. They are ranked 24th in the league with a save percentage of 55.6%, and they have dispatched 353 relievers to the mound on the season. Texas has called on relievers to enter the contest in 36 save chances and they have come away with 20 saves.
The Texas Rangers have turned 103 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (12th in the majors). The Rangers have recorded 1,051 assists, 63 errors and have 3,028 putouts so far this year. In 9,084 innings on the field, the Rangers have a defensive efficiency of 69.2% (20th in the majors).
So far in his MLB career, Allard has allowed 189 hits while earning 145 strikeouts in 174 innings pitched. Allard (7-19 career record) has earned a 5.82 earned run average and has allowed 9.7 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 113 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.431 and having a FIP of 4.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.38 and he has faced 778 hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas (+170)
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