Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/23/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+170) Houston (-222)
Kolby Allard and the Texas Rangers (35-61, 5th in AL West) travel to Minute Maid Park on Friday where they'll take on the Houston Astros (58-39, 1st in AL West). The Astros open this contest at -222 while the Rangers are coming in at +170. The total is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Kolby Allard and Jake odorizzi.
The Rangers have compiled 116 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 108 balls out of the stadium. Texas has a slugging rate of .377 and have been called out on strikes 847 times, while being walked on 275 occasions. As a team, the Texas Rangers are knocking in 3.9 runs per game, which ranks them 28th in MLB. They have compiled 355 RBI's in addition to 721 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate is at .229. They have earned a total of 372 runs and hold an OBP of .297.
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Rangers pitchers have given up 135 long balls and 471 runs (25th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 288 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.62 as a team on the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.62 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.35. The Rangers have a team earned run average of 4.72 this season (24th in MLB), and they have struck out 755 hitters.
Rangers relief pitchers have come into the game with players on base 84 times in addition to having 81 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have accumulated 30 holds on the year (30th in baseball). The Rangers relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 56.7% and has entered the game in 61 save situations. They have recorded 17 saves this year and have blown 13 of their 30 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 130 base runners this season and 37.7% of those runners crossed home plate. The Rangers have sent 284 relief pitchers to the mound for the year.
The Rangers have turned 68.8% of balls hit into play into outs in their 7,515 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 21st in pro baseball. The Texas Rangers have 2,505 putouts on the campaign, as well as 864 assists and 54 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which ranks 12th in professional baseball, and they have turned 691 double plays.
Allard has taken the mound for 155 frames and is sitting with 130 K's during his pro baseball career. Allard (7-16 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.55 while he has faced 690 opposing batters in the majors. His earned run average is 5.55 (96 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.420. He has surrendered 164 base knocks (9.5 hits per nine innings) with 57 walks.
The Houston Astros have tallied a team OBP of .341 as well as a team batting average of .267 for the year. They have been rung up on 721 occasions (30th in MLB) and have 875 base hits. Houston has a total of 122 home runs so far this season to go along with 496 RBIs. The Astros hold a team slugging percentage of .436 and they are earning 5.39 runs per contest (1st in the league). They have recorded 177 doubles, while taking a walk 347 times as well as putting up 517 runs.
The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.200 in addition to having a FIP of 4.12 as a staff this year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.71 (858 strikeouts vs 317 bases on balls). They are currently ranked 8th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 710. They have allowed 112 long balls and they give up 4.01 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Houston pitching staff have conceded 381 runs on the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.64 (346 earned runs allowed).
Houston bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 39.0% of 123 inherited runners. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 91 times in high leverage situations in addition to 80 occasions with runners on. With 78 save situations, the Astros have earned 41 holds and also 14 blown saves. They sit at 17th in baseball with a save percentage of 61.1%, and they have dispatched 285 bullpen pitchers onto the diamond for the season. Houston has had relief pitchers take the mound in 36 save opportunities and they have recorded 22 saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 74 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in pro baseball). The Astros have accrued 815 assists, 39 errors and have earned 2,568 putouts this year. In 7,704 innings on the field, the Astros have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 72.1% (2nd in professional baseball).
Odorizzi (65-61 career mark) has a 3.93 earned run average while surrendering 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.78 and he has faced 4,586 opposing batters in his career. He has allowed a total of 477 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.234 and a FIP of 4.1. During his career, Odorizzi has allowed 975 base hits while accumulating 1,040 punch outs in 1,093 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+170)
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