Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.95 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (33-41) as they go up against Colby Lewis (7-3, 4.08 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (37-35) in the last of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Athletics won the last game 8-2 and Oakland leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 2:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 25 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
Lewis has a 3.01 ERA and a 9-4 record in his career against the Athletics, but is up against a strong Oakland offense that's hitting .261 on the year. Prince Fielder (.342, 35 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 3. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Gray is 6-3 with a 1.68 ERA, 54 strikeouts and 22 walks. Stephen Vogt (.301, 36 Rs, 13 HRs, 53 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 3 for 5 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs.
Texas is a +128 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 32-30 record and overall money line at +1,478. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 11-19 and a 10-16 record when they were the underdog. Texas has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Texas has only averaged 2.9 runs per game compared to the 4.4 they've averaged on the season. Whenever an AL West opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rangers seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.3 runs per game, but allow 4.7 against teams from their own division.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .467 when playing as the favorite (21-24) and an overall money line of -1,512. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 5-2 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 8-2. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. Oakland is one of the top hitting teams in the AL with an average of 9.0 hits per contest. The Athletics average 3.1 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.7 strikeouts per game.
The Athletics have mostly come out on top against the Rangers in their previous 12 games this season, earning an 8-4 record. This game will feature Gray (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 24-21 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Lewis. They sport a 29-28 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 11-19, and the Athletics have an 18-22 record.
When leading after 7 innings, Texas is 13-17, while Oakland is 13-23.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with a 10-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Athletics have won their last four games while the Rangers have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 25-10. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Texas has earned 315 this season. Oakland ranks third with 335 runs.
Ranking 11th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 220 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 235.
The Rangers are 27-15 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 22-20 when they hit at least one homer.