This game could be low scoring as Rich Hill (5-3, 2.68 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (18-22) go up against Martin Perez (1-3, 3.23 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (22-18) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 8-5, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 18 and will air on FSSW and MLBN.
In his last start, Hill pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 6-3 victory over the Rays. Khris Davis (.228, 16 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 5 with three runs, three home runs, and six RBIs. The Rangers were unsuccessful the last time Perez pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 6.1 innings, allowing two, striking out three and walking three in a 5-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Rougned Odor (.282, 28 Rs, 7 HRs, 21 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Rangers, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds are Oakland -150 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
The previous two games have all gone Oakland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Athletics are an even 7-7 against the division, while the Rangers sit at 10-8.
Oakland has won 44% (7-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Texas has won 56% (10-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Texas batters brought in a solid 15 hits last game. Oakland has a record of 1-4 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 3-18. The Rangers have an 8-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 42 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 with 46.
Ranking 16th, Oakland is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.36 per game. Texas ranks in the top half at 12th with 8.64.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Texas ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .737.
The Rangers are 13-16 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 8-19 when they allow at least one homer.