Jesse Hahn (1-1, 3.00 ERA) and Cole Hamels (4-0, 2.95 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (17-22) and the Texas Rangers (22-17) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 3-1, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 17 and can be seen on CSCA and FSSW.
Hahn pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and walking four in a 5-2 defeat to the Orioles. Marcus Semien (.220, 16 Rs, 10 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hamels went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs (two unearned) and striking out nine in a 6-5 win over the White Sox in his last outing. Ian Desmond (.264, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 7 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Oakland and Texas are Rangers -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Athletics are 6-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 10-7 against their division.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Rangers have a 9-12 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-18. The Rangers have an 8-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Texas has hit 39 this season. Oakland ranks 13th with 42 home runs.
Oakland and Texas both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 14th with 8.47 hits per game and Texas ranks 11th with 8.76.
Ranking 26th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.684). Texas ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .728.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 13-15. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 7-19 record.