Kendall Graveman (0-0, 3.86 ERA) and Nick Martinez (5-12, 4.55 ERA) start in the last of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (2-1) and the Texas Rangers (1-2) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 10-0 and Oakland leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FSN-SW and CSN-CA.
Sam Fuld (.500 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. When pitching against the Athletics, Martinez is 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and seven strikeouts. Prince Fielder (.300 ) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Oakland is a -146 favorite against Texas and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have an overall money line of -58 and a record as the favorite of 1-1. The Athletics have no trouble scoring as they rank fifth in the AL in offense with 4.5 runs per game. The Athletics are one of the best in the AL in terms of hits with a phenomenal 8.0 per game. Oakland is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. As for the pitchers, the Athletics are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 0.56 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 1-1 record and an overall money line of +48. Offensively, they average one runs per game on the road, which is fourth in the AL. Texas is excellent at not striking out with just 5.5 per game, ranking fifth in the AL. The Rangers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.0 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Athletics lead the season series, 2-1.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Athletics sit at 2-1 against the division, while the Rangers are struggling at 1-2.
After last game's shutout win against the Texas Rangers, the Athletics now have two shutouts this season. The Rangers have been shut out in two games this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Oakland is 2-0, while Texas is 0-2.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 2-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics and the Rangers are both undefeated. Oakland has a 2-0 record in these situations while Texas is 1-0.
Ranking 22nd, Texas sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring three this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 19.
Ranking 22nd, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching three this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 10.