Jesse Hahn (3-5, 3.51 ERA) and Yovani Gallardo (5-6, 3.54 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (23-37) and the Texas Rangers (31-27) at O.C. Coliseum. The Rangers won the last game 2-1 and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 10 and can be seen on FSN-SW and CSN-CA.
Hahn pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out five and walking one in a 7-5 win over the Tigers. Stephen Vogt (.291, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 40 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. When pitching against the Athletics, Gallardo is 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 10 strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.354, 27 Rs, 10 HRs, 41 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Oakland is a -134 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 -1,859 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 14-21. Oakland is an impressive 4-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.7 runs per game. They average 4.2 runs per game on the season. The Athletics are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 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 27-24 record and an overall money line of +1,261. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 9-13 record against AL West foes, and a 7-3 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 3.9 in those contests. The Rangers allow 4.4 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.0 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics have a 20-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gallardo takes the mound. Hahn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 21-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 11-19, and the Rangers have an 11-15 record.
Oakland has won 32% (10-21) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Texas has won 44% (12-15) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Athletics are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-24. The Rangers have a 5-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Oakland has hit 50 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 61 home runs.
Oakland and Texas both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Oakland sits at fourth with 8.85 hits per game and Texas ranks fifth with 8.67.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Texas ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .726.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 14-23. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 5-24 record.