Yovani Gallardo (12-9, 3.16 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (74-66) meet Sean Nolin (0-1, 4.50 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (60-81) in the second of a three-game division series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 4-0 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 12 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Gallardo pitched 5.1 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out four and walking two in a 3-0 victory over the Mariners. Mitch Moreland (.289, 43 Rs, 19 HRs, 71 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs. The Athletics were unsuccessful the last time Nolin pitched. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking three in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners. Ben Zobrist (.287, 67 Rs, 12 HRs, 51 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a -166 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers are 17-13 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +2,339. They have a 23-33 record SU and are 5-5 as favorite within their division. The Rangers will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Texas has only averaged 2.8 runs per game compared to the 4.3 they've averaged on the season. Texas's pitchers struggle within their division. The Rangers have given up an average of 5.1 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 4.6.
Across the field, the Athletics have a subpar record of 27-44 when they are the underdog and are -2,741 overall with the money line. Against fellow AL West members, they are 28-33 SU and 11-16 as the underdog. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.6 runs per game, above their 4.2 season average. Oakland is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 8.8 hits per contest. The Athletics average 2.9 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Oakland pitchers. They allowed 6.6 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.2.
The Athletics have gotten the better of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-5. The Rangers will take on a left-hander (Nolin) in this game and have a 24-26 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Gallardo will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 47-52 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
The Rangers hold a 24-33 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 28-34.
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.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 45-21. The Rangers have a 54-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 17th, Oakland sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 587 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 607.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 397 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 413.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 54-26. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 39-40 record.