Cole Hamels (14-5, 3.24 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (10-10, 4.12 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (87-60) and the Oakland Athletics (64-82) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and can be seen on CSCA and FSSW.
Hamels pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking four in an 8-5 win over the Angels. Adrian Beltre (.297, 83 Rs, 30 HRs, 97 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Graveman went 5.0 innings, surrendering eight runs, striking out one and walking three in a 14-3 defeat to the Mariners in his last outing. Khris Davis (.250, 78 Rs, 37 HRs, 94 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The Rangers hold a 42-25 record in matchups against AL West rivals, while the Athletics currently sit at 24-36 in these games.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 22-51 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 17-65. The Rangers have a 20-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 21st when it comes to home runs, hitting 152 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 with 198.
Texas and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Texas sits at 27th with 400 this season and Oakland ranks 28th with 389.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 73-42. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 47-43 record.