Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+125) Cleveland (-156)
Progressive Field is the venue where Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians (61-61, 2nd in AL Central) will play the Texas Rangers (43-81, 5th in AL West) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has the Rangers coming in at +125 and the Indians are at -156. The total opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Spencer Howard and Zach Plesac.
Texas has a slugging rate of .369 and have been called out on strikes 1,076 times, while taking a walk on 336 occasions. They have accounted for 446 RBI's and 924 base knocks for the year, and their team batting average is .225. The Rangers have tallied 163 doubles as a unit and have knocked 132 balls out of the park. They have notched a total of 469 runs while having a team OBP of .290. As a team, the Texas Rangers are notching 3.8 runs per game, which puts them at 29th in MLB.
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Rangers pitchers have given up 176 home runs and 617 total runs (24th in the league). They have walked 390 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.70 as a team on the campaign. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.47 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.35. The Rangers have compiled a team earned run average of 4.69 on the season (23rd in MLB), and they have rung up 962 hitters.
The Rangers relievers have a save rate of 55.3% and stepped onto the hill in 78 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 165 base runners on the season and 34.5% of them ended up scoring. Rangers bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 108 times and also have had 103 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rangers have sent 378 relief pitchers to the hill over the course of the season. The relief pitchers have racked up 39 holds this season (30th in MLB). They have earned 21 saves on the year and have blown 17 of their 38 chances to save the game.
The Texas Rangers have notched a total of 3,277 putouts thus far, in addition to 1,126 assists and 65 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .985 which has them ranked 11th in baseball, and have a total of 912 double plays. The Rangers have turned 69.5% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 9,831 innings, which has them sitting at 16th in pro baseball.
Howard has taken the mound for 60 innings and has accumulated 63 punch outs during his MLB career. Howard (1-5 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.95 while he has gone up against 275 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 6.30 (42 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.583. He has surrendered 65 base knocks (9.8 hits per nine innings) and has 30 free passes.
Cleveland has hit 152 home runs on the year and 512 runs batted in. They have tallied 188 doubles, while walking 349 times and scoring 536 runs. The Cleveland Indians have earned an on-base percentage of .302 as well as a team batting average of .235 this year. The Indians hold a team SLG% of .405 and they score 4.39 runs per game (18th in the league). They have struck out on 1,035 instances (23rd in MLB) and have recorded 945 base hits.
The Indians have a WHIP of 1.287 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.36 as a pitching staff for the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.62 (1,092 strikeouts against 417 walks). They are currently ranked 9th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 951. They have surrendered 157 home runs and they surrender 4.70 runs per 9 innings (15th in baseball). The Cleveland pitching staff have relinquished 555 runs this year while having a team ERA of 4.40 (520 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 105 save situations, the Indians have tallied 54 holds and also 16 blown saves. Cleveland has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the contest in 48 save chances and they have earned 32 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 134 times in high leverage situations in addition to 111 occasions with runners on base. Cleveland relievers hold an inherited score rate of 36.4% out of 162 inherited runners. They are currently ranked 4th in MLB with a save percentage of 66.7%, and they have sent 408 relievers to the mound for the year.
In their 9,570 innings on the diamond, the Indians hold a efficiency on defense of 70.1% (10th in the majors). The Cleveland Indians have twisted 100 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (16th in professional baseball). The Indians have 1,052 assists, 66 errors and have a tally of 3,190 putouts over the course of the season.
In his MLB career, Plesac has conceded 235 base knocks while tallying 214 K's in 272 innings. He has conceded a total of 118 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.108 and a FIP of 4.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.19 and he has faced 1,104 batters so far in his career. Plesac (19-12 career mark) has earned a 3.89 earned run average while giving up 7.8 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-156)
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