Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 6/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers
Date: Friday, June 4, 2021
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-132) Texas (+105)
Wes Benjamin and the Texas Rangers (22-35, 5th in AL West) play the Tampa Bay Rays (35-22, 1st in AL East) at Globe Life Field on Friday. The Rays open this contest at -132 while the Rangers are priced at +105. The over/under has been set at 8. The pitchers expected to start will be Josh Fleming and Wes Benjamin.
Tampa Bay has a slugging rate of .394 and have struck out 606 times, while drawing a walk on 224 occasions. They have 264 RBI's in addition to 442 base knocks this season, and their average at the plate sits at .228. The Rays have earned 104 doubles as a team and have knocked 69 balls out of the park. They have a total of 279 runs and have an on-base percentage of .315. As a team, the Tampa Bay Rays are notching 4.9 runs per game, which is 7th in baseball.
The Rays have an earned run average of 3.40 for the season (7th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 542 batters. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.33 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.13. Rays pitchers have conceded 64 home runs in addition to 219 runs in total (9th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 163 batters and their FIP comes in at 3.71 as a team over the course of the season.
The Rays have sent 176 relief pitchers to the hill on the year. The relievers have inherited 58 base runners this season with 31.0% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have accumulated 17 saves for the season and have blown 8 of their 25 save chances. The Rays relief pitchers have accumulated a save percentage of 68.0% and has come into the game in 60 save situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 35 holds over the course of the season (6th in the league). Rays relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on 46 times and also have had 75 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Tampa Bay Rays have accounted for 1,559 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 510 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .989 which is 1st in the majors, and have a total of 350 double plays. The Rays have turned 71.7% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 4,677 innings on the field, which has them ranked 5th in the majors.
Fleming has pitched in 77 frames and is sitting with 53 K's so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 2.90 (25 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.056. He has conceded 63 base knocks (7.3 hits per nine innings) with 19 free passes. Fleming (10-3 career record) has earned a FIP of 4.32 and he has faced 309 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues.
The Texas Rangers have an OBP of .298 in addition to a batting average of .229 this year. They have been rung up on 547 instances (5th in baseball) and are sitting with 433 base knocks. Texas has recorded 64 home runs this year and 213 runs batted in. The Rangers hold a slugging percentage of .374 and they average 3.96 runs per contest (21st in baseball). They have hit 67 doubles, while taking a walk 172 times and putting up 226 runs.
The Texas pitching staff have conceded 263 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.43 (247 earned runs allowed). They have surrendered 68 long balls and they yield 4.71 runs per 9 innings (19th in MLB). The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.356 and have a FIP of 4.20 as a squad this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.64 (464 strikeouts against 176 walks). They come in at 29th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 505.
Sitting with 35 save situations, the Rangers have compiled 15 holds and 7 blown saves. Texas has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 19 save opportunities and they have earned 12 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 51 times in high leverage situations and also on 50 occasions with base runners. Texas relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 31.2% out of 77 inherited runners. They are ranked 12th in the league holding a save rate of 63.2%, and they have sent 165 relievers to the hill over the course of the season.
Out of their 4,524 innings on the field, the Rangers hold a efficiency on defense of 68.0% (26th in professional baseball). The Texas Rangers have twisted 55 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .985 (9th in professional baseball). The Rangers have recorded 529 assists, 32 errors and have a total of 1,508 putouts on the season.
Thus far in his career, Benjamin has allowed 35 hits while he has accumulated 32 punch outs in 32 innings. He has allowed 20 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.561 and having a FIP of 4.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.00 and he has faced 146 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. Benjamin (2-3 career mark) has a 5.51 ERA and has surrendered 9.6 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+105)
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