In the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (88-60) and the Oakland Athletics (64-83) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.28 ERA) and Raul Alcantara (0-1, 7.27 ERA) get the ball. The Rangers won the last game 7-6, and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Darvish pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out nine and walking one in a 2-1 victory over the Angels. Rougned Odor (.281, 87 Rs, 31 HRs, 85 RBIs, 14 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one stolen base. The Athletics were unsuccessful against the Mariners 3-2 the last time Alcantara pitched. He went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, striking out four and walking one. Danny Valencia (.288, 68 Rs, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
The Rangers sit at 43-25 against the division, while the Athletics are struggling at 24-37.
Oakland has won 36% (20-36) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 60% (44-29) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Oakland batters brought in a solid 10 hits last game. Texas has a record of 23-35 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 43-15. The Rangers have a 62-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 599 this season. Texas ranks in the top five with 715.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.704). Texas ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .763.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 31-69. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 54-50 record.