Scott Kazmir (15-9, 3.55 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (1-1) go up against Ross Detwiler (2-3, 4.00 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (1-1) in the third of a four-game division series at O.C. Coliseum. The Rangers won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 8 and will air on FSN-SW and CSN-CA.
Kazmir is 9-5 with a 3.32 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 28 walks against the Rangers in his career. Sam Fuld (.500 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Athletics, Detwiler is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA, two strikeouts and one walk. Prince Fielder (.286 ) has been hitting the ball well to start the season for the Rangers, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two RBIs.
Oakland is a -154 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Athletics are 1-1 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -58. The Athletics have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Athletics rank fourth in the AL in hits with 8.0 per game. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of 3.5 walks per game. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Athletics don't allow many hitters to get on base, ranking second in the league with a 0.56 WHIP.
Across the field, the Rangers have a record of 1-1 when they are the underdog and are +48 overall with the money line. The Rangers average just 5.5 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas's last 10 games.
Texas is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games.
Texas is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 8 games on the road.
Texas is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oakland.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland.
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland.
When leading after 7 innings, Oakland is 1-0, while Texas is 0-1.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Rangers need to step it up. The Athletics have a record of 1-1 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics and the Rangers both have records of 1-0.
Ranking 16th in runs, Texas has earned three this season. Oakland ranks eighth with nine runs.
Ranking 26th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching one this season. Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with seven.