Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 7/17/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Location: Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+225) Toronto (-312)
Sahlen Field is the venue where Hyun Jin Ryu and the Toronto Blue Jays (45-42, 3rd in AL East) will take on the Texas Rangers (35-55, 5th in AL West) on Saturday. The Blue Jays open this matchup at -312 while the Rangers are coming in at +225. The over/under opens at 10. The expected starting pitchers will be Kolby Allard and Hyun Jin Ryu.
Texas has a slugging percentage of .385 and have struck out 807 times, while being walked on 269 occasions. They have accounted for 352 RBI's as well as 701 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate sits at .233. The Rangers have hit 109 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 107 balls out of the park. They are sitting with 369 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .302. As a team, the Texas Rangers are notching 4.1 runs per contest, which puts them at 23rd in baseball.
Rangers pitchers have yielded 122 long balls in addition to 428 runs (22nd in baseball). They have walked 273 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.46 as a squad on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio is 2.68 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.33. The Rangers hold a team earned run average of 4.45 this season (22nd in MLB), and their staff has struck out 733 batters.
The Rangers have dispatched 270 relief pitchers to the mound for the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 120 base runners for the season and 35.8% of those players crossed the plate. They have recorded 17 saves on the season and have blown 13 of 30 save chances. The Rangers bullpen have a save percentage of 56.7% and has come into the game in 61 save situations. The relievers have tallied 30 holds for the year (30th in the league). Rangers relief pitchers have entered the contest with runners on 79 times in addition to having 80 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Texas Rangers have notched a total of 2,397 putouts this year, in addition to 820 assists and 52 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which is 12th in MLB, and have 658 double plays. The Rangers have turned 68.9% of balls in play into outs in their 7,191 innings on the field, ranking them 23rd in the majors.
Allard (7-15 win-loss mark in his career) has a FIP of 4.50 and he has faced 666 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. He has allowed 157 hits (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 56 free passes. His earned run average is 5.45 (91 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.417. Allard has thrown 150 innings and has earned 129 strikeouts in his pro baseball career.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with an on-base percentage of .327 and a batting average of .264 for the season. They have been called out on strikes on 720 instances (29th in MLB) and are sitting with 784 base hits. Toronto has accounted for 130 long balls this season to go along with 422 RBIs. The Blue Jays hold a slugging percentage of .449 and they score 5.10 runs per contest (5th in MLB). They have recorded 147 doubles, while walking 265 times and racking up 444 runs.
The Blue Jays have a team WHIP of 1.260 with a FIP of 4.28 as a staff on the campaign. They are sitting at 12th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 679. The Toronto pitching staff have allowed 372 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 3.99 (336 earned runs yielded). They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.95 (814 strikeouts against 276 bases on balls). They have given up 118 dingers and they concede 4.42 runs per 9 innings (12th in baseball).
With 69 save situations, the Blue Jays have accumulated 40 holds and 10 blown saves. Toronto has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 26 save chances and they have come away with 16 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 91 times in high leverage situations and also on 102 occasions with base runners. Toronto relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 28.1% of 146 inherited base runners. They are ranked 17th in baseball holding a save rate of 61.5%, and they have dispatched 300 bullpen pitchers to the hill for the year.
The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 67 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .982 (25th in the majors). The Blue Jays have 771 assists, 56 errors and have earned a total of 2,276 putouts this season. In their 6,828 innings on the field, the Blue Jays have a defensive efficiency of 69.6% (17th in professional baseball).
Ryu (67-40 career record) holds a 3.02 ERA and has surrendered 8.4 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 4.01 and he has gone up against 3,703 opposing batters in his career. He has conceded 304 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.163 and a FIP of 3.4. So far in his career, Ryu has surrendered 850 base knocks while he has tallied 818 strikeouts in 906 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-312)
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