Sonny Gray (3-0, 1.98 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (10-15) as they meet Yovani Gallardo (2-3, 4.05 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (8-15) in the last of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 8-7 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 3 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
Gallardo has an 8.10 ERA and a 0-2 record in his career against the Athletics, and faces a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .265 on the year. Prince Fielder (.348, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Gray is 5-2 with a 1.74 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Texas offense that's batting just .220. Josh Reddick (.385, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Athletics, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.
Texas, a +135 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Oakland. Oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Rangers perform poorly as an underdog with a 6-13 record and have an overall money line of -605. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the underdog (2-7).
Across the field, the Athletics have a subpar record of 5-10 when they are favored and are -659 overall with the money line. They have played poorly when rated as favorite as of late. They managed a 2-5 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 3-7. They sport the fifth-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.9 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Athletics, who average 9.2 hits per game. Opposing pitchers have routinely struggled to strike out the Oakland batters, who rank second in the AL with 6.5 strikeouts per game. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.8 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.3. They also allow just 7.8 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Gray) in this game and have a 5-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Gallardo. They sport a 9-10 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 7-14 in their division, while the Athletics are 9-13.
Texas recorded at least two errors for the sixth time this season.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 2-1 record. The Athletics are 0-4 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 3-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 5-2. The Athletics have an 8-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th in runs, Texas has earned 88 this season. Oakland ranks second with 124 runs.
Both Texas and Oakland are tied at 16th in walks with a total of 72 this season.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 6-4, well-matched with the Athletics who are 8-5 when hitting one or more homers.