Rangers & A's Break Out The Lumber Today in Oakland

Charles Stark

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:30 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017 1:30 PM UTC

In one of the earlier games, the Rangers take on the A's in Oakland. Oddsmakers have set a pretty high total in this matchup which I find a bit interesting considering both starting pitchers pitched well against these two teams just over a week ago. Will the offenses get some revenge today?

Texas Rangers

Martin Perez gets the start for Texas and has had a solid start to the season with a 2.20 ERA allowing just four earned runs in just over 16 innings of work. However, he is sporting a 1.78 whip which may be an indicator that Oakland could have some quality at-bats against him today. He was dominant against the A’s back on April 9th allowing zero earned runs in five innings, bur he did allow six hits in that span. 

I like for Oakland to have some really solid quality at-bats against him considering this will be the second time they have faced him in this short season and he has had his struggles pitching in Oakland. Over the last three years, Perez has a 4.00 ERA with Oakland hitting almost .260 against him in the Coliseum. At the plate, Texas has been less than stellar so far this season in most statistics except for the one that really counts as they rank first in major league baseball averaging 5.31 runs per game. They also have some power in the lineup with .418 slugging percentage and a decent .720 OPS ranking them eighth and 15th in the league respectively.


Oakland Athletics

Jesse Hahn takes the mound today for Oakland and comes in with a 3.75 ERA and 1.33 whip in two appearances so far this season, one of them being against this same Rangers team. In his outing in Texas for his first start of the year, he pitched well allowing just two earned runs in six innings of work, but also allowing seven hits in that start. For me, the same thing goes for him as it does for Perez is the fact that Texas now will get a second look at him in a short period of time, as well against the Rangers overall in his career he has a 5.51 ERA with the Rangers hitting .353 against him. Do not expect him to get out of this contest unscathed. At the plate, Oakland ranks just outside of the middle the league in most categories but Khris Davis has been on a tear and I believe this is a good spot for the team as a whole, as mentioned, to have a good day at the plate against a pitcher they have already seen.


Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics  

Oddsmakers have come out making the total for this game at 8.5 and for my MLB pick, I will back the 'Over". This should be a good day for hitters to put up some quality at-bats against these pitchers that they’ve already faced.

 Free MLB Pick: Over 8.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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