In the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (16-22) and the Texas Rangers (22-16) at O.C. Coliseum, Sean Manaea (0-1, 11.37 ERA) and Derek Holland (3-2, 6.09 ERA) get the ball. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 16 and will air on CSCA and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Manaea pitched 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs and striking out one in a 13-5 loss to the Red Sox. Marcus Semien (.217, 15 Rs, 9 HRs, 17 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. The Rangers were victorious the last time Holland pitched. He did not do well, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 13-11 victory over the White Sox. Ian Desmond (.264, 28 Rs, 5 HRs, 23 RBIs, 7 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and four RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Athletics -105 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Rangers hold a 10-6 record in matchups against AL West Division rivals, while the Athletics currently sit at 5-7 in these games.
When leading after seven innings, Texas is 10-7, while Oakland is 6-9.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are heading in with a 3-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 14-3. The Rangers have a 13-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 145 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 179.
Oakland and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Oakland sits at 28th with 90 this season and Texas ranks 22nd with 105.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 12-11. When the Rangers hit at least one homer, they have a 16-10 record.