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Astros at Dodgers Predictions and Preview for 8/3/2021

The Houston Astros visit the Los Angeles Dodgers on 8/3/2021 at 10:10PM.

The Astros and the Dodgers face off in an regular season game. The Astros have a record of 64-42 this season. The Dodgers are 64-43 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Houston Astros

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Lance McCullers Jr. is 8-2 this season with an ERA of 3.23 in 97.2 innings pitched across 17 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.22 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.198. Lance McCullers Jr.’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 93.7 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 85.8 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 87.9 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 84.1 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 85.8 mph.

Lance McCullers Jr. has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 54.5% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? Those ground balls are getting up the middle and through the 5 1/2 hole for hits, but his infield is also putting in work to getting to the balls too.

Yuli Gurriel

Yuli Gurriel has hit 12 Home Runs, drove in 66 runs, and sports a .324 batting average this season. He also has scored 54 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.8% walk rate. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Yuli Gurriel put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 41.3%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 39.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 19.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.1%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 49.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 33.3%


Michael Brantley

Michael Brantley has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 35 runs, and sports a .331 batting average this season. He also has scored 54 runs this season and stolen 1 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.

He is below average with his 7.0% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He avoids strikeouts quite well, he is FAR better than your average hitter. If he is getting an out, he made contact to get there. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Michael Brantley put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 45.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 26.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 28.2%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.4%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 33.9%


Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve has hit 25 Home Runs, drove in 65 runs, and sports a .277 batting average this season. He also has scored 80 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.7% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 14.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Jose Altuve put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 38.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.4%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 17.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 30.9%


Aledmys Diaz

Aledmys Diaz has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 26 runs, and sports a .297 batting average this season. He also has scored 20 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is a free swinger and his walk rate this season indicates it thus far, it is presently 3.3%. He has a K Rate of 13.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Aledmys Diaz put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 44.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 29.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 26.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.9%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.5%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.6%


Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Los Angeles Dodgers

Walker Buehler is 11-1 this season with an ERA of 2.19 in 135.2 innings pitched across 21 starts. He has a WHIP of 0.9 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.187. Walker Buehler’s pitching repertoire includes:

  • A Fastball that is on average 95.4 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 85.4 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 91.9 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 80.4 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 92.0 mph.

Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Walker Buehler has attracted this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 43.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.3%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.0%

He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 52.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 31.6%

Max Muncy

Max Muncy has hit 22 Home Runs, drove in 62 runs, and sports a .279 batting average this season. He also has scored 61 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.

He is considered a very good hitter according to OPS. .971 is his OPS this season, can it go higher?Max Muncy would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

He is very well known for his ability to draw walks with a 17.1% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 17.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. Getting on base is not an issue for Max Muncy this season.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Max Muncy put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 40.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 36.0%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.8%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 11.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 48.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 40.2%


Justin Turner

Justin Turner has hit 20 Home Runs, drove in 65 runs, and sports a .297 batting average this season. He also has scored 61 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 10.5% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 16.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Justin Turner put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 34.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 42.8%
  • Line Drive Rate: 22.6%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 9.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 39.4%


Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor has hit 17 Home Runs, drove in 60 runs, and sports a .285 batting average this season. He also has scored 78 runs this season and stolen 10 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 11.3% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 26.4%, it is not ideal, but… still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Chris Taylor put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 38.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 23.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.7%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 32.5%


Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts has hit 15 Home Runs, drove in 41 runs, and sports a .272 batting average this season. He also has scored 65 runs this season and stolen 7 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. Mookie Betts would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.

His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 12.6% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 16.3% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls Mookie Betts put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 33.6%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 42.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.0%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 42.7%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 42.7%


A.J. Pollock

A.J. Pollock has hit 13 Home Runs, drove in 40 runs, and sports a .304 batting average this season. He also has scored 35 runs this season and stolen 5 bases.

He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.

He is below average with his 6.4% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 20.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.

Breaking down the types of contacted balls A.J. Pollock put into play this season:

  • Ground Ball Rate: 37.1%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 38.6%
  • Line Drive Rate: 24.3%

Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:

  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 14.4%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 47.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 38.6%


Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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