Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+190) Houston (-250)
Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (58-39, 1st in AL West) play the Texas Rangers (35-62, 5th in AL West) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. The Rangers open this matchup at +190 while the Astros are priced at -250. The total opens at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Kyle Gibson and Framber Valdez.
Texas owns a slugging percentage of .375 and have been called out on strikes 863 times, while drawing a walk on 284 occasions. They have 362 runs batted in in addition to 733 base knocks for the season, and their average at the plate sits at .228. The Rangers have tallied 119 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 108 balls out of the stadium. They have notched a total of 379 runs and have an on-base percentage of .297. As a unit, the Texas Rangers are notching 3.9 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 28th in the league.
Rangers pitchers have allowed 141 home runs and also 482 runs (25th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 292 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.65 as a team on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.63 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.35. The Rangers have a team ERA of 4.74 on the season (24th in baseball), and the staff has rung up 768 batters.
The Rangers have dispatched 288 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 131 runners for the season and 38.2% of them crossed home plate. They have accumulated 17 saves this season and have blown 13 out of their 30 save opportunities. The Rangers relievers have a save percentage of 56.7% and has come into the game in 61 save situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 30 holds so far this season (30th in the league). Rangers bullpen pitchers have entered the game with runners on 85 times as well as having 81 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rangers have converted 69.0% of balls in play into outs out of their 7,659 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 21st in baseball. The Texas Rangers have a tally of 2,553 putouts on the year, as well as 873 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .984 which has them ranked 12th in MLB, and have accumulated 704 double plays.
Gibson has thrown 1,261 innings and has totaled 993 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career. His ERA is 4.42 (620 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.394. He has given up 1,303 hits (9.3 hits per nine innings) and has 455 free passes. Gibson (75-76 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.29 and he has faced 5,427 hitters in the majors.
The Astros hold a slugging % of .436 and they have an average of 5.37 runs per game (1st in MLB). They have hit 179 two-baggers, while walking 347 times as well as scoring 521 runs. Houston has recorded 124 home runs so far this year to go along with 500 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 728 occasions (30th in baseball) and have earned a total of 881 hits. The Houston Astros have tallied an on-base percentage of .339 as well as a team batting average of .266 for the year.
The Houston pitching staff have given up 386 runs on the campaign and come in with a team ERA of 3.65 (351 earned runs yielded). They have given up 113 long balls and they relinquish 4.02 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Astros are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.200 in addition to having a FIP of 4.09 as a staff so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.73 (872 strikeouts vs 320 bases on balls). They are sitting at 8th in the league as a staff in total hits given up with 718.
Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 37 save chances and they have walked away with 22 saves. They are currently ranked 19th in MLB with a save rate of 59.5%, and they have sent 290 relief pitchers onto the field on the campaign. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 93 times in high leverage situations and also on 81 occasions with base runners. Houston relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 40.5% out of their 126 inherited runners. With 79 save situations, the Astros have tallied 41 holds and also 15 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have twisted 74 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .988 (1st in the majors). The Astros have recorded 822 assists, 40 errors and have earned a total of 2,595 putouts on the season. In their 7,785 innings played, the Astros have a defensive efficiency of 72.1% (2nd in the majors).
In his career, Valdez has given up 215 base knocks and he has 234 strikeouts in 239 innings. He has surrendered a total of 105 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.351 and having a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.17 and he has gone up against 1,033 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. Valdez (18-13 career win-loss record) has earned a 3.95 earned run average while allowing 8.1 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-250)
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