Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
|Date & Time||Sunday July 28, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)|
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland Athletics: -1.5 (+100) / Texas Rangers: 1.5 (-120)
The Texas Rangers and the Oakland A’s meet in the finale of their four game AL West division set from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday.
The Texas Rangers will look to win the series after losing game three on Saturday by a final score of 5-4. Danny Santana went 2 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs while Willie Calhoun had a double and an RBI and Elvis Andrus went 2 for 4 with an RBI of his own to round out Texas’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Nomar Mazara went 3 for 4 while Jeff Mathis added a double. Asdrubal Cabrera and Hunter Pence each had a base hit as well to cap off Texas’ offense as a team in the loss. Adrian Sampson took the loss, falling to 6-8 on the year after allowing all five runs on six hits over six innings of work. Pedro Payano will start game four and is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Pavano’s first career start against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will look to earn a series split after taking game three on Saturday. Matt Chapman had a home run and two RBIs while Marcus Semien, Mark Canha and Ramon Laureano each had a solo home run with Laureano adding a double while Semien also went 2 for 4 as the A’s had just six hits as a team in the winning effort. Homer Bailey got the win to improve to 9-7 on the year after allowing three runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game three and is 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-3 with a 6.59 ERA and 53 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 3-10 in their last 13 games overall and 2-7 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 14-3 in their last 17 road games against a right-handed starter. Oakland is 7-2 in Fiers’ last 9 starts and 13-4 in Fiers’ last 17 home starts while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 7-20 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.
The plus money with Texas is tempting considering that Texas has been the better team for the first two games of the series and that the Rangers hung in in game three. Payano has also allowed just one run in six innings on the road this season while Fiers has had issues keeping runs off of the board against Texas in his career. However, while the price isn’t great between two struggling clubs, I just don’t know how much I can truly trust Payano here and Fiers has been solid at home this season, going 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA. I think Oakland can earn a split behind their staff ace, so I’ll side with Oakland for the series victory and to get rid of some of the heavy juice, I’ll back the A’s on the RL here.