Oakland Athletics (74-85) at Texas Rangers (76-83)
|Date & Time||Friday September 29, 2017, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers -117 / Oakland Athletics +107 --- Over/Under: 10.5
The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 13 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 155 hits and 67 RBI while Ryon Healy and Khris Davis have combined for 289 hits and 186 RBI. Raul Alcantara gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. Alcantara is 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers would love a feel good victory here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Rangers have allowed 30 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have lost 11 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 188 hits and 87 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 277 hits and 173 RBI. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he is 12-12 with a 4.83 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Perez is 6-7 with a 5.29 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 road games, 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 in Alcantaras last 7 starts vs. American League West. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 4-1 in Perezs last 5 home starts and 8-2 in Perezs last 10 starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Texas and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
The Rangers are playing some depressed baseball right now, as this season got away from them quickly, and they're throwing out Perez who has allowed three or more runs in four of his last five starts. Alcantara had a rough start to the season, but he's allowed just two runs in his last 12.2 innings, which is good for a 1.42 ERA in the month of September. The Oakland Athletics also look like a team that wants to finish the season strong and build positive vibes heading into the offseason. I'll take the team in much better form for the plus money.