Colby Lewis (1-2, 3.75 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.99 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (7-14) and the Oakland Athletics (9-14) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and can be seen on CSN-CA and FSN-SW.
Lewis is 9-4 with a 3.15 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, but goes up against a good Oakland offense which is batting .265 this season. Mitch Moreland (.304, 2 Rs, 1 HR, 9 RBIs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. Kazmir is 10-5 with a 3.12 ERA against the Rangers in his career. He takes on a below-average Texas offense that's batting just .210. Josh Reddick (.368, 8 Rs, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs.
Oakland takes on Texas as a -133 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Rangers have recorded an overall money line of -505 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 6-12. Texas has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games.
Over in the other dugout, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -637 and a disappointing record of 4-9as the favorite. They played poorly as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 1-5 record, and a 3-7 record SU. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.2 hits per game. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 6.5 per game, ranking second in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.59 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Athletics are fourth in the AL with an average of 7.5 hits allowed per game.
The Rangers have a bad 0-3 record at home (2-6 overall) against left-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Lewis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have an 8-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 6-13 in their division, while the Athletics are 8-12.
Texas recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
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 managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are heading in with a 4-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 8-3. The Rangers have a 4-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 75 this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with 110.
Ranking 17th, Texas is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 65 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 15th with 67.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 5-3, well-matched with the Athletics who are 7-4 when hitting one or more homers.