Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:37 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +120 / Oakland Athletics -141 -- Over/Under: 9.5
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Texas Rangers look for a win here after splitting their last six games. The Rangers have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 30 hits and 15 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 44 hits and 30 RBI. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 7.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look for a sweep after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 30 hits and 13 RBI while Stephen Piscotty and Matt Chapman have combined for 55 hits and 31 RBI. Aaron Brooks gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. This will be Brooks’ first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 8-23 in their last 31 road games and 0-4 in Smyly's last 4 starts. The Athletics are 40-19 in their last 59 home games, 1-4 in Brooks' last 5 home starts and 1-4 in Brooks' last 5 starts with 4 days of rest. The Rangers are 4-17 in the last 21 meetings in Oakland and 9-23 in the last 32 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Brooks' last 6 starts overall. The under is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 road games.
It looks like Smyly won't be getting the start here due to nerve tightness in his pitching elbow, but I'm not sure it matters who the Rangers throw out there. The Oakland Athletics are one of the scarier teams in baseball when that offense is hot, and right now they've found their groove again, combining for 17 runs and 21 hits in the first two games this series. When the A's are hitting the ball like this, I just back them until they cool off, as this lineup can produce with the best of them.