Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics
The Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics meet in game two of their series in Arlington. The Rangers are -230 favorites over the Athletics with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The Texas Rangers needed everything they had to hold off the A’s on Friday but they got it done and got the win in game one of the series. Ian Kinsler had four hits and Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, and David Murphy all had two hits each as the Rangers scored seven runs on 14 hits. On the mound Scott Feldman allowed nine hits and four earned runs while striking out three over five innings to earn his second win of the year and Joe Nathan earned his 18th save of the season. For Friday’s game Texas starts matt Harrison who has won his last six decisions. For the season Harrison has allowed 98 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 58 over 97.1 innings of work for a 3.24 ERA.
The Oakland Athletics battled all the way on Thursday and had a chance to at least tie the game in the ninth inning but couldn’t get it done as they fell to the Rangers. Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits each and Derek Norris had two hits as the Athletics scored six runs on 12 hits. On the mound Tyson Ross allowed eight hits and five runs while striking out three over four innings to take his eighth loss of the year. For Friday’s game Oakland starts A.J. Griffin who sees just his second Major League action. In his last start Griffin allowed three hits and two earned runs while striking out four over six innings for a 3.00 ERA.
Texas is 14-3 in their last 17 games overall, 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record, and 22-5 in Harrison’s last 27 starts as a favorite. Oakland is 5-2 in their last seven road games, 11-5 in their last 16 games overall, and 2-10 in their last 12 games against a left handed starter. Oakland is 2-9 in their last 11 games in Texas.
The odds are huge here for but the Rangers look to be worth it and the play.
Texas Rangers -230 Oakland Athletics