Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, 9/17/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Texas Rangers vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2023
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
The Cleveland Guardians (70-78) will go up against the Texas Rangers (82-65) at Progressive Field on Sunday. The men taking the mound are Dane Dunning and Gavin Williams.
Texas is slugging .456 and have struck out 1,283 times, while drawing a walk on 537 occasions. They have 781 RBI's and 1,362 hits for the season, and their team batting average is .267. The Rangers have accrued 308 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 209 balls out of the park. They have earned a total of 815 runs scored while having a team OBP of .339. As a squad, the Texas Rangers are notching 5.5 runs/g, which has them at 3rd in the league.
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The Rangers have a team earned run average of 4.30 over the course of the season (17th in MLB), and their staff has rung up 1,227 batters. Rangers pitchers have given up 185 long balls and 656 runs (16th in baseball). They have walked 450 opposing batters and their FIP sits at 4.38 as a team for the year. Texas has given up 1,209 base knocks (8.3 per 9 innings) and 624 earned runs. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.73 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.27.
The Rangers have sent 422 relief pitchers to the hill on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 231 base runners on the year and 28.6% of those runners crossed the plate. They have recorded 27 saves on the year and have missed out on 29 of their 56 save opportunities. The Rangers relief pitchers have earned a save percentage of 48.2% and has come into the game in 126 save situations. The relievers have recorded 69 holds this season (25th in baseball). Rangers relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on 143 times and also have had 139 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rangers have converted 70.3% of balls in play into outs in their 11,760 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 5th in the majors. The Texas Rangers are sitting with 3,920 putouts on the year, as well as 1,300 assists and 55 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .990 which ranks 2nd in baseball, and they have turned 136 double plays.
Dunning (21-24 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.26 while he has faced 1,960 hitters in the majors. He has allowed 455 base knocks (9.0 hits per nine innings) and has 166 walks. His earned run average is 4.25 (216 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.359. Dunning has taken the ball for 457 innings and has accumulated 408 K's thus far in his career.
Cleveland has accounted for 114 home runs on the year as well as 564 runs batted in. They have put up 267 doubles, while getting a free base 428 times and scoring 603 runs. The Cleveland Guardians have earned a team OBP of .312 and a team batting average of .249 so far this year. The Guardians have a SLG% of .380 and they average 4.07 runs per outing (27th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,046 instances (30th in baseball) and have recorded 1,257 hits.
The Guardians have a team WHIP of 1.289 in addition to having a FIP of 4.23 as a staff this year. They rank 17th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,229. The Cleveland pitching staff have surrendered 626 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.94 (579 earned runs given up). They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 8.10 (1,197 strikeouts vs 477 walks). They have relinquished 162 long balls and they relinquish 4.26 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB).
Sitting with 168 save situations, the Guardians have compiled 91 holds and 29 blown saves. Cleveland has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 72 save chances and they have converted 43 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 179 times in high leverage situations in addition to 128 occasions with runners on base. Cleveland relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 21.5% out of their 177 inherited runners. They are ranked 21st in the league holding a save percentage of 59.7%, and they have dispatched 491 relievers to the hill so far this year.
In their 11,907 innings played, the Guardians are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 70.1% (6th in baseball). The Cleveland Guardians have gotten 113 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .987 (10th in baseball). The Guardians have accrued 1,305 assists, 70 errors and have a tally of 3,969 putouts so far this year.
During his MLB career, Williams has surrendered 62 hits while earning 74 strikeouts in 76 innings. Williams (2-5 mark in his career) holds a 3.43 ERA while giving up 7.3 hits per nine innings. He has allowed a total of 29 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.276 and a FIP of 4.2. His K/BB ratio is 2.11 and he has gone up against 321 opposing hitters so far in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland
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