Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-5, 4.25 ERA) and Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.22 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (74-67) and the Oakland Athletics (61-81) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Athletics won the last game 5-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sep. 13 and can be seen on CSCA and FSSW.
Gonzalez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 3-2 defeat to the Mariners. Mitch Moreland (.289, 43 Rs, 19 HRs, 71 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. Doubront went 6.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking one in a 10-9 win over the Astros in his last outing. Ben Zobrist (.288, 69 Rs, 12 HRs, 51 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Texas is a -155 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +2,439 and a record as the favorite of 18-13. Texas is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Rangers have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.3 runs per game.
As for their opponent, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -2,841 and a disappointing record of 27-45 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-5 record, and a 3-7 record SU. Offensively, the Athletics have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 4.7 in those contests. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.7 per game, ranking second in the AL. The Athletics allow 4.2 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.6 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics lead the season series, 10-5. The Rangers have a 24-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Doubront takes the mound. Gonzalez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 47-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
The Rangers hold a 24-34 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 29-34.
Oakland has won 42% (26-36) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Texas has won 47% (29-33) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 30-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 46-21. The Rangers have a 54-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th in runs, Oakland has earned 592 this season. Texas ranks 10th with 610 runs.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 400 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 14th with 417.
The Rangers are 54-27 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 40-40 when they hit at least one homer.