Sonny Gray (7-2, 1.65 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (23-36) take on Nick Martinez (4-2, 2.89 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (30-27) in a game that has the potential to be low scoring. This is the first of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 9 and can be seen on FSN-SW and CSN-CA.
Gray is 6-2 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 48 strikeouts against the Rangers. Josh Reddick (.305, 25 Rs, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play Sunday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a good Oakland offense that's batting .255. Mitch Moreland (.307, 15 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 Sunday with one run.
This one isn't expected to be close when Oakland, a substantial -189 favorite, takes on Texas. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 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 teams in their division, 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 lead the season series, 4-3. The Athletics have a 20-25 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Gray (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 are struggling at 11-18 in their division, while the Rangers are 10-15.
When leading after 7 innings, Texas is 12-15, while Oakland is 10-21.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 10-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 4-23. The Rangers have a 5-22 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Oakland has hit 50 this season. Texas ranks ninth with 60 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 (.709). Texas ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .726.
The Rangers are 14-23 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 5-23 when they allow at least one homer.