Wandy Rodriguez (4-2, 3.20 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (37-34) go up against Kendall Graveman (3-4, 4.02 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (32-41) in the second of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Athletics won the last game 8-6 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
In his last start, Rodriguez pitched 5.1 innings, allowing three runs, striking out one and walking two in a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers. Prince Fielder (.338, 35 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. In his career against the Rangers, Graveman is 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA, 2.40 WHIP, and one strike out. Stephen Vogt (.294, 34 Rs, 13 HRs, 51 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
Texas is a -121 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers are 5-4 as the favorite and have an overall money line of +1,701. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 11-17 and a 1-2 record when they were the favorite. Within their division, Texas's offense has been struggling. Texas has only averaged 3.7 runs per game compared to its 4.4 season average. The most recent 10 game stretch for Texas's pitching staff has gone great. Over that span, Texas's opponents are averaging 2.7 runs per game, below their season average of 4.2.
On the other side, the Athletics have a subpar record of 11-17 when they are the underdog and are -1,725 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 16-22 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-9 record. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging four runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Athletics, who average 9.0 hits per game. The Athletics average 3.2 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL. Switching gears to Oakland's pitching staff, they have some of the most overpowering arms in the AL with an average of 7.7 strikeouts per road game.
The Athletics have gotten the better of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-4. This game will feature Graveman (RHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 24-19 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Rodriguez will take the mound against the Athletics. They've have a 3-13 record against lefty starters this season, but are an abysmal 0-7 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 11-18, and the Athletics have a 17-22 record.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 3-3 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 13-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-27. The Rangers have an 8-28 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting 63 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 72.
Ranking ninth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.37 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.00.
Ranking 17th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Oakland ranks in the top half at 12th with an OPS of .722.
The Athletics are 9-28 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 19-27 when they allow at least one homer.