Scott Kazmir (2-4, 3.14 ERA) and Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (24-37) and the Texas Rangers (31-28) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 5-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jun. 11 and can be seen on FSN-SW.
Kazmir is 10-5 with a 3.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 116 strikeouts against the Rangers. Josh Reddick (.308, 26 Rs, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. Gonzalez went 9.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out two and walking two in a 4-0 win over the Royals in his last outing. Mitch Moreland (.308, 17 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Oakland is a -152 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,042 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 14-22. Oakland has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 6-12 and 11-19 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Athletics are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.8 per game. Oakland's batters do not strike out very often, with only 6.7 per game.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 28-24 record and an overall money line of +1,434. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 6-2 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, the Rangers have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.6 runs per game by averaging 3.8 in those contests. The Rangers allow 4.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.6 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics lead the season series, 5-4. The Athletics have a 20-26 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound. Kazmir (LHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 9-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics are struggling at 12-19 in their division, while the Rangers are 11-16.
For the 13th time this season, the Rangers registered at least two errors in a game.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 10-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 19-9. The Rangers have a 24-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Oakland has earned 254 this season. Texas ranks fourth with 269 runs.
Ranking 13th, Texas is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 185 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 190.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 16-17. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 23-12 record.