Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers
The Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers meet for game one of their series in Oakland. The Rangers are -135 favorites over the Athletics with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Oakland Athletics had a nice first quarter of the season but they have floundered recently plummeting down the standings. The A’s are 1-9 in their last 10 games, 10-15 at home this season, and they are nine games back in the A.L. West standings. As a team the Athletics are hitting .209 with Josh Reddick at .271, Jemile Weeks at .228, and Kurt Suzuki at .206. As a team the A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.66 with the starters at 4.12 and the bullpen at 2.76. For game one against the Rangers Oakland starts Jarrod Parker who hasn’t won in his last five starts. For the season Parker has allowed 34 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 29 over 40.2 innings of work for a 2.88 ERA.
The Texas Rangers continue to pound out wins as they need them and while they aren’t winning them all they are making every game tough on their competition. Texas is 5-5 in their last 10 games, 17-11 on the road this season, and they have a 4.5 game lead in the A.L. West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .287 with Josh Hamilton hitting .354, Adrian Beltre at .311, and Elvis Andrus hitting .311. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.58 with the starters at 3.94 and the bullpen at 2.82. For game one against the A’s Texas starts Scott Feldman who has yet to win this season. For the year Feldman has allowed 22 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 11 over 24 innings for a 4.50 ERA.
Oakland is 1-8 in their last nine games as an underdog, 1-4 in their last five home games against a right handed starter, and 0-4 in Parker’s last four starts. Texas is 41-17 in their last 48 against the A.L. West, 38-13 in game one of a series, and 1-4 in Feldman’s last five road starts. Texas is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings of these two.
Texas should be a big favorite here but with Feldman it makes less of a sure thing
Texas Rangers -135 Oakland Athletics