Yu Darvish (3-3, 2.77 ERA) gets the ball for the Texas Rangers (71-50) as they go up against Sean Manaea (4-7, 4.57 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (52-68) in the last of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 5-4, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Darvish pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking one in an 8-5 victory over the Tigers. Carlos Beltran (.308, 56 Rs, 24 HRs, 72 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 4 for 5 with three RBIs. The Athletics were victorious over the Mariners 6-3 the last time Manaea pitched. He went 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking three. Khris Davis (.254, 58 Rs, 30 HRs, 75 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
Texas is a considerable -215 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers perform well as a favorite with a 32-19 record and have an overall money line of +2,519. They have performed well against their division to earn a SU record of 31-19 and a 12-7 record when they were the favorite. The Rangers come into the game with the AL's third-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.1 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Rangers rank fifth in the AL in hits at home with 9.2 per game.
Across the field, the Athletics have a record of 35-46 when they are the underdog and are -1,250 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 22-28 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 17-18 record. Oakland is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.1 hits per contest. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Oakland batters, who rank second in the AL with 6.8 strikeouts per game.
This game will feature Manaea (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have an 18-16 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Darvish. They sport a 39-49 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX, O/U - Over
The Rangers hold a 31-19 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Athletics currently sit at 22-28 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 33-23, while Oakland is 18-29.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 17-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 13-54. The Rangers have a 19-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 19th when it comes to home runs, hitting 130 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 153.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.48 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.97.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .752.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 25-55. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 44-42 record.