Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians Prediction, 8/26/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Indians
Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: SportsTime Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+125) Cleveland (-156)
Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers (44-81, 5th in AL West) go to Progressive Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Cleveland Indians (61-62, 2nd in AL Central). The odds on this contest have the Rangers priced at +125 and the Indians are at -156. The O/U is set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Jordan Lyles and Sam Hentges.
The Rangers have accounted for 165 doubles as a team and have smacked 134 balls out of the park. Texas has a slugging percentage of .371 and have been called out on strikes 1,082 times, while being walked on 338 occasions. As a team, the Texas Rangers are notching 3.8 runs per game, which has them at 28th in baseball. They have accounted for 453 RBI's and 939 hits on the year, while their batting average is at .226. They have tallied 476 runs while having a team OBP of .291.
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The Rangers have compiled a team earned run average of 4.68 on the year (23rd in the league), and the staff has rung up 969 hitters. They have walked 393 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.71 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.47 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.34. Rangers pitchers have allowed 178 long balls and 620 runs in total (24th in baseball).
The Rangers have sent 382 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 169 base runners on the campaign and 34.3% of them crossed home plate. They have 21 saves so far this season and have blown 17 out of their 38 chances to save the game. The Rangers relief pitchers have a save rate of 55.3% and has come into the game in 81 save situations. The bullpen have earned 42 holds on the campaign (30th in baseball). Rangers pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 110 times in addition to having 106 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rangers have turned 69.6% of balls in play into outs in their 9,912 innings on the diamond, which ranks them 16th in the majors. The Texas Rangers have 3,304 putouts on the campaign, as well as 1,138 assists and 65 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .986 which has them ranked 11th in pro baseball, and have accumulated 920 double plays.
Lyles has thrown 1,105 frames and has accumulated 843 punch outs during his MLB career. Lyles (50-76 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.72 while going up against 4,876 opposing batters in the major leagues. His earned run average is 5.23 (643 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.445. He has allowed 1,214 base hits (9.9 hits per nine innings) and has 384 free passes.
The Indians have a team SLG% of .405 and they are earning 4.38 runs per game (18th in baseball). They have hit 188 two-baggers, while taking a walk 352 times as well as putting up 539 runs. Cleveland has recorded 154 home runs this year to go along with 515 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,042 occasions (23rd in baseball) and have a total of 951 base hits. The Cleveland Indians have accounted for an on-base percentage of .302 in addition to a batting average of .235 this year.
The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 562 runs so far this year while having an ERA of 4.42 (527 earned runs relinquished). They have allowed 159 homers and they yield 4.72 runs per 9 innings (15th in MLB). The Indians have a WHIP of 1.292 and have a FIP of 4.37 as a unit this season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.62 (1,098 strikeouts against 419 walks). They are sitting at 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 966.
Cleveland has called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 48 save chances and they have come away with 32 saves. They sit at 5th in the league with a save rate of 66.7%, and they have dispatched 412 bullpen pitchers to the hill this year. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 134 times in high leverage situations and also on 113 occasions with runners on. Cleveland relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 36.4% out of 165 inherited runners. Sitting with 105 save situations, the Indians have tallied 54 holds and also 16 blown saves.
The Cleveland Indians have twisted 101 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .985 (15th in the majors). The Indians have recorded 1,060 assists, 66 errors and have earned 3,217 putouts for the year. In their 9,651 innings played, the Indians are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.0% (11th in the majors).
During his MLB career, Hentges has allowed 75 base knocks while he has tallied 51 punch outs in 52 innings pitched. Hentges (1-4 career mark) has a 7.52 earned run average while surrendering 12.8 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 44 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.956 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.8. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.82 and he has faced 252 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (-156)
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