Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers Prediction, 8/30/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers
Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Location: Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-180) Texas (+155)
The Houston Astros (82-47) are headed to Globe Life Field on Tuesday where they will take on the Texas Rangers (58-69). The line on this contest has Houston at -180 and Texas is sitting at +155. The total is 7. The pitchers who are expected to start are Framber Valdez and Dane Dunning.
As a squad, the Houston Astros are scoring 4.5 runs per outing, which is 10th in baseball. They have racked up 584 runs and have an OBP of .318. The Astros have accounted for 229 doubles as a squad and have knocked 171 baseballs out of the park. They have tallied 568 runs batted in and 1,054 base knocks on the season, while their average at the plate comes in at .245. Houston has a slugging % of .423 and have been rung up 953 times, while taking a walk on 426 occasions.
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The Astros have a team earned run average of 3.04 on the season (2nd in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,161 batters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.11 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.12. Astros pitchers have allowed 108 home runs in addition to 428 total runs (2nd in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 373 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.45 as a unit this season.
Astros pitchers have come into the game with players on base 82 times in addition to having 120 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 78 holds over the course of the season (7th in MLB). The Astros relief pitchers have compiled a save rate of 73.6% and has entered the game in 131 save situations. They have recorded 39 saves this year and have missed out on 14 out of their 53 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 122 base runners for the season and 29.5% of those runners crossed the plate. The Astros have sent 376 relievers to the hill on the year.
The Astros have turned 71.9% of balls hit into play into outs in their 10,293 innings on the field, which has them ranked 3rd in professional baseball. The Houston Astros have accumulated 3,431 putouts for the season, in addition to 1,009 assists and 60 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .987 which ranks 10th in professional baseball, and they have turned 103 double plays.
Valdez has thrown 469 innings and has accounted for 445 strikeouts during his MLB career. Valdez (37-21 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.75 and he has gone up against 1,978 batters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.38 (176 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.252. He has given up 389 base knocks (7.5 hits per nine innings) with 198 free passes.
Texas has accounted for 156 HRs on the campaign to go along with 550 RBIs. They have 177 two-baggers, while walking 372 times and earning 579 runs. The Texas Rangers are sitting with an OBP of .307 as well as a team batting average of .244 for the season. The Rangers hold a team slugging percentage of .401 and they average 4.56 runs per contest (9th in the league). They have been rung up on 1,111 occasions (10th in the league) and have earned a total of 1,056 base hits.
The Rangers hold a team WHIP of 1.312 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.14 as a team so far this season. They sit at 16th in MLB as a staff in total hits allowed with 1,036. The Texas pitching staff have given up 572 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.10 (515 earned runs surrendered). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.33 (1,038 strikeouts vs 446 walks). They have allowed 132 long balls and they concede 4.56 runs per 9 innings (21st in the league).
Texas relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 32.9% out of 152 inherited base runners. Their relievers have come in 135 times in high leverage situations in addition to 101 occasions with base runners. With 116 save situations, the Rangers have 65 holds in addition to 21 blown saves. They are ranked 22nd in MLB with a save rate of 58.8%, and they have dispatched 423 relievers onto the diamond this season. Texas has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 51 save opportunities and they have tallied 30 saves.
Out of their 10,170 innings played, the Rangers have a efficiency on defense of 69.8% (14th in pro baseball). The Texas Rangers have gotten 101 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .984 (22nd in MLB). The Rangers have racked up 1,199 assists, 76 errors and have amassed 3,390 putouts on the season.
So far in his MLB career, Dunning has conceded 278 base hits while earning 261 strikeouts in 280 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 134 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.368 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.46 and he has faced 1,212 opposing batters in his career. Dunning (10-16 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.30 ERA and has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas (+155)
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