Felix Doubront (3-2, 4.95 ERA) and Colby Lewis (16-8, 4.41 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (64-87) and the Texas Rangers (81-69) at O.co Coliseum. The Rangers won the last game 8-6 and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 23 and can be seen on CSCA and FSSW.
Doubront pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Astros. Danny Valencia (.291, 51 Rs, 16 HRs, 61 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one RBI. Lewis went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out three in an 8-2 win over the Astros in his last outing. Mitch Moreland (.285, 48 Rs, 23 HRs, 81 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Rangers, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Texas takes on Oakland as a -124 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,741 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 31-49. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 13-20 and 30-37 as the underdog and SU respectively. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.9 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to O.co Coliseum have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.41 at home. The Athletics are the second-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.9 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Texas has a 22-16 record and an overall money line of +2,714. They are 10-8 as the favorite against AL West rivals, and 30-36 SU. Offensively, the Rangers have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.5 runs per game by averaging 6.5 during that stretch.
The Athletics lead the season series, 10-7. The Athletics have a 50-56 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Lewis takes the mound. Doubront (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 28-28 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
The Athletics are 30-38 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 31-36 against their division.
Oakland has won 41% (27-39) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Texas has won 50% (33-33) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 26-28 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 48-21. The Rangers have a 60-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 16th in runs, Oakland has earned 645 this season. Texas ranks fifth with 676 runs.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 437 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 458.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 43-44. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 59-28 record.