Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 8/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+185) Oakland (-250)
RingCentral Coliseum is the site where Cole Irvin and the Oakland Athletics (61-48, 2nd in AL West) will take on the Texas Rangers (39-70, 5th in AL West) on Saturday. The Athletics open this contest at -250 while the Rangers are priced at +185. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Hyeon-Jong Yang and Cole Irvin.
The Rangers have accumulated 136 two-baggers as a squad and have smacked 119 baseballs out of the park. Texas owns a slugging percentage of .370 and have been rung up 963 times, while taking a walk on 313 occasions. As a team, the Texas Rangers are scoring 3.8 runs per game, which ranks them 29th in the league. They have 394 runs batted in and 804 hits on the campaign, and their average at the plate is sitting at .224. They have earned a total of 413 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .293.
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Rangers pitchers have given up 152 home runs and 538 runs in total (25th in MLB). They have walked 339 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.60 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.53 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.34. The Rangers hold a team ERA of 4.68 for the season (24th in the league), and their staff has struck out 858 batters.
Rangers pitchers have come into the game with players on base 95 times in addition to having 87 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have racked up 37 holds for the year (30th in baseball). The Rangers relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 55.9% and stepped onto the hill in 72 save situations. They have compiled 19 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 15 of their 34 save chances. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 148 runners on the season with 36.5% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Rangers have sent 329 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season.
The Texas Rangers have a total of 2,871 putouts this season, in addition to 996 assists and 62 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .984 which ranks 17th in the majors, and have accumulated 799 double plays. The Rangers have turned 69.2% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 8,613 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 20th in the majors.
Yang has pitched in 29 frames and has accounted for 19 punch outs during his career. His earned run average is 5.59 (18 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.552. He has conceded 30 base knocks (9.3 hits per nine innings) and has 15 free passes. Yang (0-3 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 6.54 while facing 127 hitters in the major leagues.
The Oakland Athletics are sitting with a team on-base percentage of .312 in addition to a team batting average of .233 on the campaign. They have been rung up on 944 occasions (17th in the league) and are sitting with 839 base knocks. Oakland has recorded 133 long balls on the season and 443 runs batted in. The Athletics have a team slugging percentage of .401 and they have an average of 4.36 runs per contest (18th in MLB). They have put up 181 doubles, while taking a walk 366 times and putting up 475 runs.
The Athletics hold a team WHIP of 1.216 in addition to having a FIP of 3.82 as a squad on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio is 3.19 (919 strikeouts against 288 walks). They are currently ranked 16th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 887. They have allowed 115 homers and they relinquish 4.00 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Oakland pitching staff have conceded 429 runs over the course of the season while holding a team ERA of 3.69 (396 earned runs surrendered).
Oakland has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 41 save opportunities and they have converted 26 saves. They are ranked 12th in MLB holding a save percentage of 63.4%, and they have dispatched 323 relievers onto the field on the year. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 90 times in high leverage situations and also on 83 occasions with base runners. Oakland relievers have an inherited score percentage of 34.7% out of their 118 inherited runners. With 87 save situations, the Athletics have 46 holds and also 15 blown saves.
The Oakland Athletics have turned 79 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .988 (1st in pro baseball). The Athletics have accrued 871 assists, 45 errors and have notched a total of 2,900 putouts for the year. In 8,700 innings on the diamond, the Athletics hold a defensive efficiency of 70.1% (9th in professional baseball).
So far in his MLB career, Irvin has conceded 179 base knocks while accumulating 125 punch outs in 168 frames. Irvin (9-12 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 4.38 ERA while allowing 9.6 hits per 9 innings. He has given up a total of 82 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.275 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.47 and he has faced 717 hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oakland (-250)
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