Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/12/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+160) Oakland (-208)
James Kaprielian and the Oakland Athletics (77-64, 2nd in AL West) play the Texas Rangers (51-89, 5th in AL West) at RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday. The Athletics open this contest at -208 while the Rangers are coming in at +160. The O/U opens at 8.5. The pitchers who are expected to start are Taylor Hearn and James Kaprielian.
The Rangers have tallied 195 doubles as a unit and have knocked 149 baseballs out of the stadium. Texas has a slugging percentage of .376 and have been called out on strikes 1,200 times, while drawing a walk on 377 occasions. As a team, the Texas Rangers are scoring 3.9 runs per contest, which has them at 29th in baseball. They have accounted for 520 runs batted in and 1,075 hits this year, and their average at the plate is sitting at .230. They have tallied 546 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .294.
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The Rangers have a team ERA of 4.66 this season (22nd in baseball), and the staff has rung up 1,074 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 437 hitters and their FIP is 4.71 as a squad on the campaign. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.46 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.34. Rangers pitchers have conceded 200 home runs and 690 runs (22nd in baseball).
The Rangers relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 55.8% and has entered the game in 101 save situations. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 191 runners for the season with 33.0% of those runners crossed the plate. Rangers bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on base 125 times as well as having 118 appearances in high leverage situations. The Rangers have dispatched 433 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The relievers are sitting with 56 holds on the campaign (29th in the league). They have tallied 24 saves on the campaign and have blown 19 out of their 43 save chances.
The Rangers have transformed 69.7% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 11,082 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 13th in pro baseball. The Texas Rangers are sitting with 3,694 putouts so far this season, in addition to 1,256 assists and 76 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .985 which is 14th in MLB, and have accumulated 1,037 double plays.
Hearn (5-5 mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.85 and he has gone up against 439 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has surrendered 89 hits (7.9 hits per nine innings) and has 49 walks. His ERA is 4.24 (48 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.353. Hearn has taken the ball for 102 frames and has earned 104 K's so far in his MLB career.
Oakland has compiled 174 home runs so far this season to go along with 602 runs batted in. They have hit 240 doubles, while taking a walk 469 times as well as putting up 641 runs. The Oakland Athletics have compiled an OBP of .316 and a team batting average of .238 this year. The Athletics have a SLG% of .408 and they have an average of 4.55 runs per contest (13th in MLB). They have struck out on 1,191 instances (21st in MLB) and have 1,116 hits.
The Athletics hold a team WHIP of 1.236 and have a FIP of 4.01 as a pitching staff over the course of the season. They are sitting at 16th in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,163. The Oakland pitching staff have allowed 577 runs over the course of the season while holding a team ERA of 3.89 (539 earned runs conceded). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.05 (1,160 strikeouts vs 380 bases on balls). They have conceded 160 home runs and they surrender 4.16 runs per 9 innings (7th in baseball).
Sitting with 120 save situations, the Athletics have recorded 61 holds and 24 blown saves. Oakland has had relief pitchers take the mound in 59 save opportunities and they have recorded 35 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 124 times in high leverage situations and on 105 occasions with runners on base. Oakland bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 37.0% of 154 inherited base runners. They sit at 19th in baseball with a save percentage of 59.3%, and they have dispatched 433 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the season.
The Oakland Athletics have turned 104 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .988 (2nd in MLB). The Athletics have recorded 1,136 assists, 59 errors and have amassed 3,746 putouts so far this year. In their 11,238 innings on the diamond, the Athletics have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.2% (7th in professional baseball).
Kaprielian (7-4 win-loss record in his career) holds a 3.93 earned run average while allowing 7.7 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.61 and he has gone up against 444 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career. He has conceded 46 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.244 and a FIP of 4.8. So far in his career, Kaprielian has allowed 90 base knocks while accumulating 107 strikeouts in 105 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+160)
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