Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/10/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+165) Oakland (-217)
Paul Blackburn and the Oakland Athletics (75-64, 3rd in AL West) play the Texas Rangers (51-88, 5th in AL West) at RingCentral Coliseum on Friday. The Rangers open this matchup at +165 while the Athletics are coming in at -217. The O/U opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Glenn Otto and Paul Blackburn.
The Rangers have accounted for 193 two-baggers as a team and have hit 149 balls out of the park. Texas is slugging .376 and have struck out 1,191 times, while taking a walk on 374 occasions. As a unit, the Texas Rangers are notching 3.9 runs/g, which has them sitting at 29th in baseball. They have amassed 515 runs batted in as well as 1,067 base knocks over the course of the season, while their average at the plate is .230. They have earned a total of 541 runs while holding a team OBP of .294.
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The Rangers have an earned run average of 4.61 on the year (21st in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,062 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.44 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.33. Rangers pitchers have yielded 200 long balls and also 680 runs (22nd in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 435 opposing players and their FIP is 4.74 as a squad on the campaign.
The Rangers bullpen have a save percentage of 55.8% and stepped onto the hill in 101 save situations. The relievers have inherited 190 runners on the season with 32.6% of those runners earned a run for their team. Rangers pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 124 times as well as having 118 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rangers have dispatched 429 relievers to the mound so far this year. The relievers have recorded 56 holds for the season (28th in MLB). They have earned 24 saves on the season and have blown 19 of 43 save opportunities.
The Texas Rangers have amassed 3,670 putouts this season, as well as 1,249 assists and 75 errors. Their fielding rate is at .985 which has them ranked 13th in pro baseball, and they have turned 1,029 double plays. The Rangers have turned 70.0% of balls in play into outs in their 11,010 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 10th in baseball.
Otto has thrown 9 frames and has racked up 11 K's in his pro baseball career. Otto (0-0 win-loss mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 1.20 and he has faced 36 opposing batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 1.86 (2 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 0.724. He has surrendered 6 base knocks (5.6 hits per nine innings) with 1 free passes.
The Athletics have a SLG% of .408 and they have an average of 4.52 runs per contest (14th in baseball). They have hit 238 doubles, while getting a free base 464 times as well as putting up 628 runs. Oakland has tallied 174 home runs on the season as well as 590 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,171 occasions (22nd in MLB) and have earned 1,094 hits. The Oakland Athletics have a team OBP of .315 as well as a team batting average of .237 this year.
The Athletics hold a team WHIP of 1.239 with a FIP of 4.05 as a staff on the campaign. They are currently ranked 16th in baseball as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,148. The Oakland pitching staff have given up 571 runs this year while having a team ERA of 3.90 (533 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio comes in at 3.04 (1,142 strikeouts against 376 walks). They have allowed 160 homers and they allow 4.18 runs per 9 innings (9th in baseball).
Oakland has called on relief pitchers to step onto the hill in 58 save chances and they have tallied 34 saves. They rank 20th in baseball with a save rate of 58.6%, and they have dispatched 426 bullpen pitchers to the mound this season. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 123 times in high leverage situations and on 104 occasions with base runners. Oakland relievers have an inherited score rate of 37.3% out of 153 inherited base runners. Sitting with 118 save situations, the Athletics have compiled 60 holds in addition to 24 blown saves.
The Oakland Athletics have turned 103 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .988 (2nd in baseball). The Athletics have recorded 1,121 assists, 59 errors and are sitting with 3,692 putouts so far this year. In 11,076 innings played, the Athletics hold a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (7th in MLB).
In his MLB career, Blackburn has surrendered 139 base hits while accumulating 63 punch outs in 119 frames. He has allowed a total of 72 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.433 and having a FIP of 4.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.97 and he has gone up against 513 batters during his career. Blackburn (5-9 career mark) holds a 5.43 ERA while surrendering 10.5 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (-217)
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