Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 6/15/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+170) Houston (-222)
Kyle Gibson and the Texas Rangers (25-41, 5th in AL West) are headed to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (37-28, 2nd in AL West). The Astros open this contest at -222 while the Rangers are coming in at +170. The over/under opens at 8. The pitchers taking the mound are Kyle Gibson and Lance McCullers Jr.
The Rangers have hit 81 doubles as a team and have hit 71 balls out of the stadium. Texas has a slugging percentage of .373 and have been called out on strikes 623 times, while being walked on 201 occasions. As a squad, the Texas Rangers are putting up 4.0 runs per game, which has them sitting at 23rd in the league. They have compiled 248 runs batted in and 505 base knocks over the course of the season, and their batting average is at .230. They have earned 262 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .301.
The Rangers are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.61 so far this year (23rd in MLB), and their staff has rung up 539 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.66 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.37. Rangers pitchers have given up 84 home runs and 318 total runs (23rd in MLB). They have walked 203 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.33 as a unit on the year.
Rangers relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 58 times as well as having 55 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 19 holds on the campaign (29th in MLB). The Rangers relievers have compiled a save rate of 59.1% and stepped onto the hill in 42 save situations. They have earned 13 saves this season and have blown 9 of their 22 chances to get a save. The relievers have inherited 90 base runners on the season and 34.4% of those players crossed home plate. The Rangers have dispatched 196 relief pitchers to the mound on the year.
The Rangers have converted 67.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 5,244 innings, which has them sitting at 27th in professional baseball. The Texas Rangers are sitting with 1,748 putouts this season, as well as 615 assists and 37 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .985 which is 9th in MLB, and they have turned 476 double plays.
Gibson (73-74 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.30 while facing 5,278 batters in the majors. He has surrendered 1,266 hits (9.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 443 free passes. His ERA is 4.43 (603 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.394. Gibson has pitched in 1,226 frames and has 961 strikeouts thus far in his career.
The Astros have a team slugging percentage of .445 and they are recording 5.51 runs per outing (1st in the league). They have put up 133 two-baggers, while walking 228 times and scoring 358 runs. Houston has recorded 81 HRs on the year and 339 RBIs. They have been rung up on 468 occasions (30th in the league) and have earned 619 hits. The Houston Astros have a team on-base percentage of .344 in addition to a batting average of .274 so far this season.
The Houston pitching staff have given up 272 runs this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.79 (245 earned runs surrendered). They have relinquished 83 HR's and they relinquish 4.21 runs per 9 innings (12th in MLB). The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.192 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.28 as a team on the season. Their K/BB ratio is 2.72 (577 strikeouts vs 212 walks). They come in at 11th in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 481.
Houston has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 26 save chances and they have come away with 14 saves. They are ranked 25th in the league with a save rate of 53.8%, and they have dispatched 198 relief pitchers to the hill on the year. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 66 times in high leverage situations and on 59 occasions with base runners. Houston relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.9% of 93 inherited base runners. Sitting with 54 save situations, the Astros have amassed 27 holds in addition to 12 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 49 double plays and have accounted for a fielding rate of .989 (2nd in baseball). The Astros have recorded 558 assists, 25 errors and are sitting with 1,745 putouts this season. Out of their 5,235 innings played, the Astros have earned a defensive efficiency of 72.7% (1st in baseball).
So far in his MLB career, McCullers has surrendered 478 base hits and he has 624 strikeouts in 560 frames. He has allowed 226 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.253 and having a FIP of 3.3. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.79 and he has gone up against 2,352 opposing batters during his pro baseball career. McCullers (35-26 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.63 ERA while surrendering 7.7 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-222)
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