Oakland Athletics (58-43) at Texas Rangers (42-59)
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 24, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +104 / Oakland Athletics -114 --- Over/Under: 11
The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers meet Tuesday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Oakland Athletics look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The Athletics have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 15 games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven straight games when scoring more than one run. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 103 hits and 62 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 185 hits and 83 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Montas is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers could use a victory here after losing three of their last four games. The Rangers have allowed 31 runs in their last three games and nine or more runs in three of their last four games. The Texas Rangers have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing at least one run. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 104 hits and 44 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 176 hits and 104 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 4.89 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 21-8 in their last 29 road games and 23-7 in their last 30 overall. The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 0-5 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 0-5 in Minors last 5 starts vs. American League West. The Athletics are 4-9 in the last 13 meetings in Texas and the under is 11-3-2 in the last 16 meetings.
The Oakland Athletics have been the hottest team in baseball over the last month or so, and they can now taste a possible wild card spot as they gain even more ground on the Seattle Mariners. The Texas Rangers continue to fall apart and can't get outs without giving up four or five runs an inning. Minor was just rocked by the horrible Baltimore Orioles and has given up three or more runs in six of his last 10 games. It's hard to bet against the A's right now, and it's probably even harder to bet on the Rangers. The Oakland Athletics and the cheap price has to be the play here.