Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 4/14/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+125) Tampa Bay (-192)
Rich Hill and the Tampa Bay Rays (5-5, 3rd in AL East) play the Texas Rangers (3-7, 5th in AL West) at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The Rangers open this matchup at +125 while the Rays are priced at -192. The O/U has been set at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Kohei Arihara and Rich Hill.
The Rangers have recorded 10 two-baggers as a team and have hit 9 baseballs out of the park. Texas is slugging .333 and have been called out on strikes 112 times, while being walked on 27 occasions. As a unit, the Texas Rangers are scoring 3.6 runs per game, which ranks them 24th in the league. They have amassed 35 RBI's and 68 hits so far this year, while their team batting average comes in at .212. They have accounted for 36 runs while holding a team OBP of .291.
The Rangers have a team earned run average of 4.76 so far this season (21st in the league), and the staff has struck out 84 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 32 batters and their FIP sits at 5.13 as a squad so far this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.63 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.37. Rangers pitchers have given up 17 home runs in addition to 52 total runs (9th in baseball).
Rangers bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 5 times and also have had 6 appearances in high leverage situations. The bullpen have racked up 3 holds so far this year (22nd in the league). The Rangers bullpen have recorded a save percentage of 50.0% and has entered the game in 8 save situations. They have accumulated 2 saves this year and have missed out on 2 out of their 4 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 12 base runners over the course of the season with 33.3% of those players crossed home plate. The Rangers have sent 32 relief pitchers to the hill so far this season.
Arihara (0-1 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.81 and he has gone up against 37 batters during his time in the majors. He has surrendered 11 hits (11.0 hits per nine innings) with 1 walks. His earned run average is 5.00 (5 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.333. Arihara has taken the hill for 9 innings and has earned 2 strikeouts in his career.
The Tampa Bay Rays have an on-base percentage of .308 as well as a batting average of .222 so far this year. They have struck out on 102 occasions (6th in the league) and have recorded 74 base knocks. Tampa Bay has 11 HRs so far this year as well as 41 RBIs. The Rays have a team SLG% of .387 and they score 4.20 runs per game (17th in the league). They have recorded 20 two-baggers, while taking a walk 35 times and recording 42 runs.
The Tampa Bay pitching staff have surrendered 55 runs on the year while having an ERA of 4.59 (46 earned runs yielded). They have surrendered 8 dingers and they relinquish 5.49 runs per 9 innings (22nd in the league). The Rays have a team WHIP of 1.308 and are the owners of a FIP of 3.21 as a pitching staff so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.46 (97 strikeouts vs 28 walks). They sit at 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 90.
Sitting with 14 save situations, the Rays have accumulated 7 holds and also 4 blown saves. Tampa Bay has called on bullpen pitchers to step onto the mound in 7 save opportunities and they have come away with 3 saves. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 21 times in high leverage situations and on 13 occasions with runners on base. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score rate of 29.4% of 17 inherited runners. They are ranked 25th in the league with a save percentage of 42.9%, and they have sent 35 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this season.
So far in his pro baseball career, Hill has given up 812 hits while earning 1,046 punch outs in 986 innings. He has surrendered a total of 419 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.221 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.9. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.67 and he has faced 4,132 opposing hitters during his career. Hill (68-44 mark in his career) has earned a 3.82 earned run average and has given up 7.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Texas (+125)
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