Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins Prediction, 5/4/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Minnesota Twins
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Location: Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Bally Sports North
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+136) Minnesota (-147)
Target Field is the venue where J.A. Happ and the Minnesota Twins (10-16, 4th in AL Central) will take on the Texas Rangers (13-16, 5th in AL West) on Tuesday. The Twins open this contest at -147 while the Rangers are coming in at +136. The over/under has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Kyle Gibson and J.A. Happ.
As a unit, the Texas Rangers are knocking in 4.0 runs per game, which ranks them 20th in the league. They have tallied 117 runs and hold an OBP of .308. The Rangers have accumulated 26 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 34 balls out of the park. They have accumulated 112 RBI's as well as 226 hits so far this season, while their team batting average is sitting at .236. Texas has a slugging rate of .377 and have struck out 305 times, while taking a walk on 85 occasions.
The Rangers have compiled a team earned run average of 4.46 so far this year (22nd in the league), and they have rung up 237 hitters. Their K/BB ratio is 3.12 and the pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.31. Rangers pitchers have surrendered 41 home runs and also 134 total runs (23rd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 76 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.37 as a team over the course of the season.
The Rangers have sent 84 relievers to the mound so far this season. The relief pitchers have inherited 33 base runners so far this season and 21.2% of them earned a run for their team. They have recorded 7 saves on the campaign and have blown 4 out of their 11 save opportunities. The Rangers relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 63.6% and has entered the game in 21 save situations. The relievers have earned 9 holds so far this year (25th in MLB). Rangers pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 20 times and also have had 21 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Texas Rangers are sitting with 770 putouts this season, in addition to 267 assists and 18 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .983 which puts them in 18th in professional baseball, and have accumulated 210 double plays. The Rangers have converted 68.5% of baseballs in play into outs out of 2,310 innings, which has them ranked 22nd in the majors.
Gibson has thrown 1,187 innings and has tallied 930 punch outs thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.50 (594 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.410. He has given up 1,242 hits (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 433 free passes. Gibson (72-74 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.31 while he has faced 5,130 hitters in the majors.
The Twins hold a slugging percentage of .425 and they average 4.88 runs per game (6th in the league). They have 44 two-baggers, while taking a walk 80 times and recording 127 runs. Minnesota has recorded 36 home runs over the course of the season to go along with 120 runs batted in. They have been called out on strikes on 225 occasions (23rd in the league) and have tallied 212 hits. The Minnesota Twins have accumulated a team on-base percentage of .313 and a team batting average of .244 this season.
The Twins have a team WHIP of 1.214 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.41 as a squad on the season. They rank 11th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 202. The Minnesota pitching staff have given up 124 runs for the year while having an ERA of 4.34 (108 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio comes in at 3.13 (219 strikeouts against 70 bases on balls). They have surrendered 37 dingers and they allow 4.98 runs per 9 innings (23rd in baseball).
With 22 save situations, the Twins have earned 13 holds and 5 blown saves. Minnesota has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 9 save opportunities and they have earned 4 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 29 times in high leverage situations and also on 23 occasions with base runners. Minnesota relievers hold an inherited score rate of 61.8% of 34 inherited runners. They are ranked 25th in the league with a save percentage of 44.4%, and they have dispatched 78 relief pitchers onto the field this season.
The Minnesota Twins have turned 23 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .984 (15th in the majors). The Twins have recorded 228 assists, 15 errors and have notched a total of 673 putouts this season. In 2,019 innings on the diamond, the Twins hold a defensive efficiency of 70.9% (11th in MLB).
Happ (125-92 career win-loss record) has a 3.95 earned run average while giving up 8.5 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.48 and he has faced 7,464 batters during his pro baseball career. He has allowed a total of 775 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.295 and having a FIP of 4.2. In his career, Happ has allowed 1,657 hits and he has 1,552 strikeouts in 1,764 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Minnesota (-147)
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