2019-09-21 20:07:00 EDT
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Texas Rangers need a win to snap a six-game losing streak. The Rangers have scored three runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have lost five straight games when scoring three or less runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 154 hits and 67 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Danny Santana have combined for 269 hits and 128 RBI. Brock Burke gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Burke’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning 11 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 178 hits and 88 RBI while Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have combined for 257 hits and 171 RBI. Sean Manaea gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Manaea is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 0-5 in their last 5 games following a loss and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 games following a win, 20-8 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series and 12-5 in Manaeas last 17 starts. The Rangers are 5-21 in the last 26 meetings in Oakland, 16-35 in the last 51 meetings and the Athletics are 4-1 in Manaeas last 5 starts vs. Rangers. The under is 4-0 in Manaeas last 4 starts overall. The under is 34-15-2 in Rangers last 51 road games.
Burke has allowed 12 hits and 12 runs in his last eight innings, and he has a 5.73 ERA and .205 allowed batting average in 11 road innings. Manaea has allowed six hits and one run in his first 18 innings since returning from surgery, and he just held these Rangers to six scoreless innings last week. The Texas Rangers are counting the days until the offseason and aren’t producing runs during this losing skid, while the Oakland Athletics are probably the hottest team in baseball over the last month and need to keep winning to improve their odds of hosting the wild card game. Give me the A’s and the RL for added value.