Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Houston Astros
Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+155) Houston (-200)
Dane Dunning and the Texas Rangers (35-62, 5th in AL West) head to Minute Maid Park on Sunday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (58-39, 1st in AL West). The Rangers open this contest at +155 while the Astros are priced at -200. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The men taking the mound will be Dane Dunning and Zack Greinke.
The Rangers have compiled 119 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 108 balls out of the stadium. Texas has a slugging rate of .375 and have struck out 863 times, while being walked on 284 occasions. As a squad, the Texas Rangers are putting up 3.9 runs per game, which has them sitting at 28th in baseball. They have accumulated 362 RBI's and 733 base knocks on the year, while their batting average comes in at .228. They have tallied 379 runs and have an on-base percentage of .297.
The Rangers have compiled a team earned run average of 4.74 this season (24th in baseball), and their staff has rung up 768 hitters. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.63 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.35. Rangers pitchers have surrendered 141 home runs in addition to 482 runs (25th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 292 batters and their FIP comes in at 4.65 as a squad on the year.
The Rangers relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 56.7% and has stepped onto the mound in 61 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 131 base runners this season with 38.2% of them crossed the plate. Rangers pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 85 times as well as having 81 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rangers have sent 288 relievers to the mound for the season. The relief pitchers have recorded 30 holds on the campaign (30th in the league). They have recorded 17 saves on the season and have missed out on 13 out of their 30 chances to get a save.
The Rangers have turned 69.0% of balls in play into outs out of 7,659 innings on the diamond, ranking them 21st in pro baseball. The Texas Rangers have earned 2,553 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 873 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them sitting 12th in pro baseball, and have accumulated 704 double plays.
Dunning has thrown 117 frames and is sitting with 122 strikeouts so far in his career. Dunning (5-7 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.73 while he has gone up against 503 hitters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 4.21 (55 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.334. He has allowed 115 base hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has 42 walks.
The Astros have a team slugging percentage of .436 and they are recording 5.37 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have recorded 179 doubles, while getting a free base 347 times and scoring 521 runs. Houston has accounted for 124 home runs on the season as well as 500 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 728 occasions (30th in baseball) and have a total of 881 base hits. The Houston Astros hold a team OBP of .339 as well as a team batting average of .266 so far this season.
The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.200 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.09 as a unit for the season. They are sitting at 8th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 718. The Houston pitching staff have allowed 386 runs for the year while having an ERA of 3.65 (351 earned runs yielded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.73 (872 strikeouts vs 320 walks). They have surrendered 113 homers and they surrender 4.02 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB).
Houston relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 40.5% out of 126 inherited base runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 93 times in high leverage situations in addition to 81 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 79 save situations, the Astros have earned 41 holds in addition to 15 blown saves. They sit at 19th in baseball holding a save percentage of 59.5%, and they have sent 290 relievers onto the field for the year. Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the hill in 37 save chances and they have tallied 22 saves.
In their 7,785 innings played, the Astros have earned a defensive efficiency of 72.1% (2nd in pro baseball). The Houston Astros have twisted 74 double plays and have a fielding rate of .988 (1st in pro baseball). The Astros have 822 assists, 40 errors and have 2,595 putouts so far this season.
In his pro baseball career, Greinke has conceded 2,839 base hits while tallying 2,778 punch outs in 3,059 innings. He has allowed 1,148 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.157 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.4. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.97 and he has faced 12,482 batters in his career. Greinke (217-129 career mark) has earned a 3.38 ERA while giving up 8.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+155)
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