Oakland Athletics (11-11) at Texas Rangers (8-15)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 24, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -101 / Oakland Athletics -109 --- Over/Under: 9.5
Down at Globe Life Park on Tuesday, the Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their MLB series once again.
In the Monday opener, things were tight until the A’s broke the game open in the ninth on the way to a 9-4 win.
For Tuesday’s game, the A’s will be bringing out RHP Andrew Triggs. In his 17.0 innings and 1-0 mark this season, Triggs has a 5.82 ERA with 17 Ks and eight walks.
Coming into this set, Jed Lowrie was way out in front for the A’s with 33 hits, 12 runs, six homers and 23 RBI. On Monday, Lowrie had two hits and a run.
Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with lefty Cole Hamels on Tuesday. In 28.1 innings and a 1-3 mark this year, Hamels has a 4.76 ERA with 34 Ks and 11 BBs.
Entering play in this series, the Rangers’ top hitter was Nomar Mazara with 25 hits, 11 runs, three homers and nine RBI. In the Monday game, Mazara went 0-for-4 with a pair of Ks.
The A’s are 4-1 in their last five during game two of a series and 2-6 in their last eight Tuesday games. Oakland is also 5-0 in Triggs’ last five starts in game two of a series and 6-2 in his last eight starts with five days’ rest.
Meanwhile, the Rangers are 6-2 in their last eight during game two of a series and 17-6 in Hamels’ last 23 starts during game two of a series. Texas is also 5-2 in Hamels’ last seven Tuesday starts and 1-6 in Hamels’ last seven starts.
Triggs started out the year pretty solid but floundered in his last appearance with six earned on five hits in 1.1 innings. Hamels hasn’t exactly been himself either this year, with a couple of stinkers on his resume. I’m going to go with the A’s for the win but the over seems like a more sensible play.