Eric Surkamp (0-3, 6.41 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (27-36) meet Martin Perez (5-4, 3.22 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (39-25) in the second of a four-game division series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 14-5, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 14 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Surkamp pitched 4.2 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking one in a 7-4 victory over the Twins. Danny Valencia (.338, 30 Rs, 10 HRs, 25 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with three runs and one RBI. The Rangers were also victorious the last time Perez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out two and walking four in a 5-3 victory over the Astros.
The Athletics and Rangers are basically lined as a money line pick 'em, with both sides hovering in the -105 to -110 range.
Pick - Oak
The Rangers sit at 23-13 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 10-12.
The Rangers managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 2-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 20-6. The Rangers have a 25-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 24th in runs, Oakland has earned 253 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 304 runs.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Texas ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .748.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 25-23. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 10-29 record.