Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/30/14
Oakland Athletics (16-10) at Texas Rangers (15-11)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Jesse Chavez (R) (1-0) (2.323) vs. Robbie Ross (L) (1-1) (2.455)
The Line: Texas Rangers -104 / Oakland Athletics -106 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-Southwest
The battle for first in the AL West rages on Wednesday when the Texas Rangers host the Oakland Athletics.
Oakland is trying to flex some muscle in their first place battle with the Rangers and round one went to the A's in a 9-3 win on Tuesday. Plenty of scoring and competitive pitching was a winning formula as Scott Kazmir held Texas to three runs on seven hits in five innings to improve to 4-0. It wasn't a great performance but didn't need to be with the bats totaling ten hits and six walks which equated to a 9-0 lead by the 5th. Derek Norris and Josh Reddick swung the big bats with three RBI's each while Yoenis Cespedes scored three times. Jesse Chavez will draw the start Wednesday looking to control the dangerous Texas attack. Chavez hopes to rebound from his first poor outing when he gave up five runs (four earned) in five frames against Houston last time out.
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The Rangers took one on the chin Tuesday which every team does from time to time although some people probably put more emphasis on the ones that come against the one team that is penciled in as the division winner. On the flip side Texas is out to prove they are the team to beat in the American League West and have to put this one out of their memory. Starter Martin Perez suffered through his poorest effort of 2014 with six runs plated on eight hits and a trio of free passes in 4.2 innings pitched. It wasn't his best outing but the bats didn't get it done either on eight hits and three BB with three players driving in runs but nothing after the 5th. Robbie Ross takes the mound for his 6th career start versus the heavy hitting Athletics Wednesday night. Ross has been outstanding thus far with a 1-1 record and a 2.45 ERA in 29.1 innings.
Neither starter has much experience so it's difficult to find a decisive edge on the mound. I'm backing the A's for now with the hope the bats have some momentum...