Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 0.90 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (37-33) take on Jesse Chavez (3-6, 2.52 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (31-41) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 23 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
Gonzalez pitched 8.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out two and walking two in a 3-2 defeat to the Dodgers. Prince Fielder (.340, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 47 RBIs) went 1 for 2 Sunday. When pitching against the Rangers, Chavez is 1-1 with a 5.04 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.294, 34 Rs, 13 HRs, 51 RBIs) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run.
The odds for Texas and Oakland are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Texas has a record of 11-17 SU. The Rangers have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.7 runs per game. They average 4.4 runs per game on the season. Texas's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.7 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.2.
The Athletics are 16-22 against AL West foes. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the AL. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.0 hits per game. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 7.7 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Athletics lead the season series, 6-4. The Rangers have a 24-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Chavez takes the mound. Gonzalez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 28-28 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 11-17, and the Athletics have a 16-22 record.
When leading after 7 innings, Texas is 13-16, while Oakland is 12-23.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 12-16 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 24-10. The Rangers have a 27-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Texas has earned 307 this season. Oakland ranks third with 319 runs.
Ranking 10th, Texas is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 214 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 228.
The Rangers are 27-14 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 20-20 when they hit at least one homer.