Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics
The Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers face off on Monday in Oakland in game one of the AL West series. The Rangers are -120 favorites over the Athletics with an over/under run total set at 6.5 runs.
The Oakland A’s are rolling once again this season and they enter this series in first place in the AL West. The A’s have won three in a row, are 6-3 at home, and 8-2 in their last 10 games. As a team Oakland is hitting .251 with Alberto Callespo hitting .321, Jed Lowrie hitting .283, and Josh Donaldson hitting .272. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 2.56 with the starters at 2.58 and the bullpen at 2.53. For game one against the Rangers the A’s start Daniel Strally who has allowed 16 hits and 10 runs while striking out 15 over 16.2 innings for a 1-1 record and a 5.40 ERA.
The Texas Rangers have been playing well of late but they are coming off of a bad loss on Sunday as they were pummeled by the White Sox in Arlington. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 2-4 on the road, and 2.5 games behind the A’s in the standings. As a team the Rangers are hitting .279 with Leonys Martin hitting .322, Alex Rios hitting .316, and Shin-Soo Choo hitting .313. The Texas pitching staff has an ERA of 3.61 with the starters at 3.51 and the bullpen at 3.81. For game one against the A’s the Rangers start Yu Darvish who has been sensational so far this season. For the year Darvish has allowed 15 hits and two earned runs while striking out 23 over 22 innings for a 1-0 record and 0.82 ERA.
Oakland is 7-1 against the AL West, 39-17 in their last 56 games, and 7-3 in Strally’s last 10 starts. Texas is 5-1 in their last six games, 2-5 in their last seven road games, and -0 in Darvish’s last six starts. Texas is 0-6 in Darvish’s last six starts against Oakland.
I expect a tight low scoring game and my pick is on the under.