Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers 6-6-2018




Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers 6-6-2018

Oakland Athletics (31-29) vs Texas Rangers (25-37)

Date : 06/06/2018
Time : 8:05 pm EST
Location : Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers

The finale of a 2-game set between the visiting Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday night at 8:05 pm EST.  The A’s had recently found themselves in a 3-game skid, yet, have won their last 2 games in which to remain in the 4th place slot within the AL West while the Rangers, on the other hand, continue to trade wins for losses and continue to find themselves in the cellar of the division rankings.  This will be the 3rd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with the A’s winning 4 of the last 7 games while taking 2 of the last 3 at Globe Life Park on 4-25-2018.

Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :

The Oakland Athletics have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-2-1.  Recently, the A’s completed would win a 3-game home set against the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5-27-2018.  This would not translate into their following 4-game home set against the Rays as they dropped the series on 5-31-2018 yet won a 3-game road set against the Royals on 6-3-2018.

For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.48 runs per game (11th) with a team batting average of .240 (20th), 75 homers (5th), along with 12 stolen bases (30th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.87 (14th) with 450 strikeouts (26th) along with 26 quality starts on the season (15th).

Jed Lowrie (.296 BA on 233 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.228 BA on 184 AB), Marcus Semien (.262 BA on 244 AB), and Matt Chapman (.234 BA on 218 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.248 BA on 214 AB) and Khris Davis (.230 B on 196 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.

The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Daniel Mengden (6-4, 74.1 IP, 29 R, 64 H, 6 HR, 8 BB, 48 SO, 2.91 ERA) and Sean Manaea (5-6, 75 IP, 32 R, 59 H, 10 HR, 14 BB, 56 SO, 3.60 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch.

 

Texas Rangers's Latest Performance :

The Texas Rangers have lost 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4.  Recently, the Rangers, would go on to tie a 4-game home set to the Kansas City Royals on 5-27-2018; Nonetheless, they would tie a 4-game road set against the Seattle Mariners on 5-31-2018 due to a 6-1 loss in game 4.  Unfortunately, they would also go on to lose a 3-game road set to the Angels on 6-3-2018.

For the season, the Rangers are averaging 4.11 runs per game (20th) with a team batting average of .228 (29th), 68 homers (14th) along with 29 stolen bases (16th).  Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.74 (24th) with 459 strikeouts (24th) along with 20 quality starts on the season (25th).

Nomar Mazara (.274 BA on 230 AB) has been the most effective offensive star thus far for the Rangers.  On the other hand, Shin-Soo Choo (.266 BA on 229 AB) and Joey Gallo (.205 BA on 215 AB) have also been solid all-season long.

Cole Hamels (3-5) has pitched 72 innings this season while allowing 33 runs on 62 hits, 15 homers, 27 walks, and 74 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.62.  Bartolo Colon (2-3) has also pitched 66.1 innings while allowing 32 runs on 60 hits, 15 homers, 8 walks, and 44 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.21.

How Oakland Athletics & Texas Rangers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

For the season, the Athletics are 28-32 ATS while the O/U is 27-29-4.  On the other hand, the Rangers are 27-35 ATS while the O/U is 29-29-4.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Athletics’ Daniel Mendgden (6-4) will get the start and will be opposing Bartolo Colon (2-3) in this game 2 matchup.  Mengden has been solid all year long, yet, gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in his last outing, a 7-3 home win versus the Tampa Bay Rays on 5-31-2018.  Colon was certainly less than stellar in his last outing as he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits versus the Angels in a 6-0 road shutout on 6-1-2018.  Delino DeShields (.25 BA on 4 AB), Jurickson Profar (.333 BA on 3 AB) have the most experience and success against Mengden in the past; However, Nomar Mazara (0-8), Rougned Odor (.111 BA on 9 AB) have not fared well against the righty in their respective careers.  On the other hand, Oakland’s lineup has also had success against Colon in the past as Matt Chapman (1-3), Khris Davis (1-3), Jed Lowrie (.400 BA on 5 AB), and Jonathan Lucroy (.444 BA on 9 AB) have each had their way with the right-hander in the past.  Matt Joyce (.167 BA on 6 AB), Bruce Maxwell (0-2), and Marcus Semien (0-3) have not been able to figure Colon out in recent matchups.

Totals Selection: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I certainly envision some runs being scored in this contest as both pitchers have had extensive experience against the opposing lineups, thus making this game, in my opinion, more prone to achieve its over status; However, the under has been the play in 3 of 5 of Mendgden’s last starts while 3 of 4 in Colons last outings along with it being the play in 5 of the last 8 for the A’s and in 6 of the last 8 games for the Rangers, I feel confident that the trends will point towards a minimum number of runs being scored in this finale.

Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:

  • Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics

    • The Athletics are 6-1in last 7 road games
    • The Under is 6-2-1 in Athletics last 9 games
    • The Under is 5-3-2 in Athletics last 10 road games

Betting trends for Texas Rangers:

  • Betting Trends for Texas Rangers

    • The Over is 4-2-1 in Rangers last 7 home games
    • The Under is 6-2 in Rangers last 8 games

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.