In the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (69-50) and the Oakland Athletics (52-66) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Martin Perez (7-8, 4.22 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (1-0, 2.13 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 15 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Perez pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out three and walking two in a 5-4 victory over the Rockies. The Athletics were victorious over the Orioles 1-0 the last time Detwiler pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out two. Khris Davis (.254, 58 Rs, 30 HRs, 75 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Texas is a -160 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 10 runs. The Rangers have a winning record of 30-18 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +2,455. They have performed well against their division to earn a SU record of 29-19 and a 10-7 record when they were the favorite. The Rangers come into the game with the fourth-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Rangers rank fourth in the AL in hits with 9.0 per game. Don't expect the Texas hitters to swing wildly. They average only 7.5 strikeouts per game.
On the other side, the Athletics have a record of 35-43 when they are the underdog and are -950 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 22-25 SU and 17-15 as the underdog. Oakland has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 4.4 runs per game, more than their season average of 4.0. The Athletics are one of the top road hitting teams in the AL, averaging 9.2 hits in games away from home. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Oakland batters, who rank second in the AL with 6.7 strikeouts per game.
The Athletics have gotten the better of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-4. The Rangers will take on a left-hander (Detwiler) in this game and have a 17-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the left-hander Perez. They sport a 13-17 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rangers sit at 29-19 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 22-26.
The Rangers didn't score any runs in their last game. The Athletics have a 4-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-53. The Rangers have an 18-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 129 this season. Texas ranks seventh with 152 home runs.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.50 per game. Texas ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.00.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.707). Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .753.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 25-54. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 43-42 record.