Nick Martinez (2-0, 0.35 ERA) takes the mound for the Texas Rangers (7-15) as they meet Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 4.50 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (10-14) in the second of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Athletics won the last game 7-5 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and will air on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
Martinez is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA against the Athletics in his career, but faces a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .264 on the year. Prince Fielder (.341, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Pomeranz is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Texas offense that's batting just .213. Josh Reddick (.367, 9 Rs, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Texas is a slight -109 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Rangers perform poorly as a favorite with a 1-2 record and have an overall money line of -505. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-1.
On the other side, the Athletics have a record of 5-4 when they are the underdog and are -759 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 8-12 SU and 4-4 as the underdog. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Athletics, who average 9.2 hits per game. The Athletics average just 6.4 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. Switching gears to Oakland's pitching staff, they have the fifth-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.70. They also allow just 7.7 hits per game, good for fifth in the AL.
The Athletics are 3-2 against the Rangers this season. This game will feature Pomeranz (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 0-3 home and 2-6 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the right-hander Martinez. They sport an 8-10 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 6-14, and the Athletics have a 9-12 record.
When the Rangers play into extra innings, they have a 1-1 record. The Athletics are 0-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 3-9 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rangers are 4-2. The Athletics have an 8-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Texas has earned 80 this season. Oakland ranks third with 117 runs.
Ranking 17th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 67 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with 71.
The Rangers are 5-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 8-4 when they hit at least one homer.