Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks Prediction, 9/8/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Bally Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+125) Arizona (-156)
Chase Field is the site where Luke Weaver and the Arizona Diamondbacks (45-93, 5th in NL West) will play the Texas Rangers (49-88, 5th in AL West) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Rangers coming in at +125 and the Diamondbacks are at -156. The O/U is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Kohei Arihara and Luke Weaver.
The Rangers have recorded 189 doubles as a unit and have hit 149 balls out of the park. Texas has a slugging rate of .377 and have been called out on strikes 1,177 times, while taking a walk on 369 occasions. As a unit, the Texas Rangers are putting up 3.9 runs per outing, which has them sitting at 29th in baseball. They have earned 504 runs batted in and 1,050 hits this year, while their batting average is at .230. They have 530 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .294.
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Rangers pitchers have given up 198 home runs and 674 runs in total (23rd in MLB). They have walked 430 batters and their FIP sits at 4.74 as a team so far this year. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.45 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.34. The Rangers have an ERA of 4.64 on the season (21st in the league), and the staff has struck out 1,053 batters.
Rangers relief pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 121 times as well as having 115 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have 54 holds so far this season (28th in the league). The Rangers relief pitchers have a save rate of 54.8% and stepped onto the hill in 97 save situations. They have 23 saves so far this season and have blown 19 of their 42 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 185 base runners on the season with 33.5% of those runners crossed the plate. The Rangers have sent 421 relievers to the mound for the season.
The Rangers have transformed 69.8% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,848 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 12th in MLB. The Texas Rangers have amassed 3,616 putouts at this point in the season, in addition to 1,227 assists and 75 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which puts them in 16th in the majors, and they have twisted 1,013 double plays.
Arihara (2-3 career mark) has earned a FIP of 6.48 while going up against 138 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has allowed 33 base hits (9.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 12 walks. His earned run average is 6.19 (22 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.406. Arihara has taken the mound for 32 frames and is sitting with 20 strikeouts thus far in his career.
Arizona has knocked in 122 home runs this season as well as 551 runs batted in. They have hit 261 two-baggers, while taking a walk 467 times and scoring 581 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks have accounted for a team on-base percentage of .311 in addition to a batting average of .236 so far this season. The Diamondbacks have a team slugging % of .382 and they earn 4.21 runs per game (23rd in baseball). They have been rung up on 1,254 occasions (9th in baseball) and have tallied 1,106 hits.
The Diamondbacks hold a team WHIP of 1.446 in addition to having a FIP of 4.85 as a staff over the course of the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.22 (1,060 strikeouts against 478 bases on balls). They are sitting at 30th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,268. They have surrendered 194 long balls and they give up 5.75 runs per 9 innings (29th in baseball). The Arizona pitching staff have given up 771 runs on the year while having an ERA of 5.16 (692 earned runs yielded).
Arizona has had relief pitchers enter the game in 43 save opportunities and they have tallied 19 saves. They are currently ranked 30th in baseball with a save rate of 44.2%, and they have sent 473 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 129 times in high leverage situations and also on 118 occasions with runners on base. Arizona relievers have an inherited score rate of 35.5% out of 172 inherited runners. With 103 save situations, the Diamondbacks have amassed 58 holds and also 24 blown saves.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have turned 91 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .984 (20th in professional baseball). The Diamondbacks have accrued 1,180 assists, 80 errors and have accounted for 3,623 putouts on the season. In their 10,869 innings played, the Diamondbacks have earned a defensive efficiency of 68.4% (26th in professional baseball).
In his career, Weaver has allowed 412 base hits while totaling 403 punch outs in 395 frames. Weaver (23-32 career mark) is the owner of a 4.64 earned run average and has given up 9.4 hits per 9 innings. He has conceded 204 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.366 and a FIP of 4.0. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.15 and he has gone up against 1,712 opposing batters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arizona (-156)
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