Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 6/16/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+190) Houston (-256)
Zack Greinke and the Houston Astros (37-28, 2nd in AL West) host the Texas Rangers (25-41, 5th in AL West) at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Rangers coming in at +190 and the Astros are at -256. The O/U opens at 9. The starting pitchers are Jordan Lyles and Zack Greinke.
As a team, the Texas Rangers are putting up 4.0 runs per game, which has them at 23rd in baseball. They have tallied 262 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .301. The Rangers have accumulated 81 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 71 balls out of the park. They have earned 248 runs batted in and 505 base knocks for the year, while their batting average is .230. Texas has a slugging rate of .373 and have been called out on strikes 623 times, while drawing a walk on 201 occasions.
Rangers pitchers have allowed 84 long balls and 318 runs (23rd in the league). They have walked 203 opposing hitters and their FIP is 4.33 as a team on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.66 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.37. The Rangers are sitting with a team earned run average of 4.61 on the campaign (22nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 539 hitters.
The Rangers relief pitchers have a save percentage of 59.1% and has entered the game in 42 save situations. The relievers have inherited 90 runners so far this season and 34.4% of those players earned a run for their team. Rangers relief pitchers have entered the game with players on base 58 times and also have had 55 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rangers have dispatched 196 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The relievers have tallied 19 holds for the season (29th in the league). They have 13 saves on the season and have not converted 9 of 22 save opportunities.
The Texas Rangers are sitting with 1,748 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 615 assists and 36 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .985 which ranks 8th in pro baseball, and have a total of 476 double plays. The Rangers have converted 67.7% of balls hit into play into outs in their 5,244 innings on the field, ranking them 28th in MLB.
Lyles (46-70 record in his career) has a FIP of 4.62 while he has gone up against 4,571 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has given up 1,136 hits (9.9 hits per 9 innings) and has 362 free passes. His ERA is 5.23 (601 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.448. Lyles has taken the ball for 1,034 innings and is sitting with 789 punch outs during his pro baseball career.
The Houston Astros have accumulated an on-base percentage of .344 in addition to a team batting average of .274 over the course of the season. They have been rung up on 468 occasions (30th in the league) and have earned 619 base knocks. Houston is sitting with 81 long balls this season and 339 RBIs. The Astros hold a team SLG% of .445 and they are earning 5.51 runs per contest (1st in MLB). They have 133 two-baggers, while getting a free base 228 times and scoring 358 runs.
The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.192 in addition to having a FIP of 4.28 as a team over the course of the season. They come in at 10th in MLB as a staff in total hits relinquished with 481. The Houston pitching staff have conceded 272 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 3.79 (245 earned runs yielded). They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.72 (577 strikeouts against 212 walks). They have given up 83 long balls and they relinquish 4.21 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball).
Houston has called on relievers to enter the game in 26 save chances and they have tallied 14 saves. They are ranked 26th in MLB holding a save percentage of 53.8%, and they have dispatched 198 bullpen pitchers to the mound on the year. Their relief pitchers have come in 66 times in high leverage situations and on 59 occasions with base runners. Houston relievers have an inherited score percentage of 40.9% of 93 inherited base runners. With 54 save situations, the Astros have amassed 27 holds and also 12 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 49 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .989 (2nd in the majors). The Astros have racked up 558 assists, 25 errors and have earned 1,745 putouts on the season. In their 5,235 innings on the diamond, the Astros have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 72.7% (1st in pro baseball).
Greinke (214-128 record in his career) is the owner of a 3.38 earned run average and has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.97 and he has gone up against 12,345 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has conceded 1,135 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.158 and a FIP of 3.4. So far in his pro baseball career, Greinke has given up 2,809 base knocks while earning 2,751 strikeouts in 3,024 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (-256)
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