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The Oakland A’s host the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in an AL West showdown. The A’s come in with a record of 11-13 while the Rangers are 12-8. These records do not include their Monday games. Right hander Frankie Montas (3-1) gets the start for Oakland, while right hander Lance Lynn (2-1) gets the start for Texas. Game time is 10:07 p.m. ET at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.
Rangers pound Astros 11-10
The Texas Rangers are off to a 12-8 start. They are in third place in the AL West, 1.5 games behind first place Seattle. They have been red hot as of late, winning 6 of their last 7 games.On Sunday they beat AL West rival Houston in an 11-10 slugfest. Joey Gallo led the Rangers going 2-for-3 with five RBIs. He blasted a 2-run triple in the first inning that got the Rangers off and running. They chased Houston starter Colin McHugh for 10 runs on 8 hits in just 3.1 innings. The Astros came back, but fell short as the Rangers held on for the win. Hunter Pence went 1 for 3 with a home run and 3 RBIs, while Logan Forsythe went 1 for 4 with a home run. Jeff Mathis also had 2 hits. Shelby Miller (1-1) gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings to get the win. Shawn Kelly got the save.
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The Rangers average 5.8 runs per game, which is 2nd in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .251, which is 15th, and a team slugging percentage of .457, which is 10th in the league. They have a team ERA of 5.36, which is 25th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.54, which is 28th. Elvis Andrus leads the team with a .363 batting average, 3 HRs and 15 RBIs. He has the 6th highest average in the league. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting ,318 while Danny Santana is batting .308. Gallo is hitting .281 with 8 HRs and 22 RBIs, while Hunter Pence is also batting .281. Asdrubal Cabrera has 6 HRs and 16 RBIs.
Lance Lynn gets the start for Texas. The right hander is 2-1 with an ERA of 4.44. He has a WHIP of 1.32 and opposing teams hit .268 against him.
A’s get swept by Blue Jays
The A’s are coming off a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. It was the Blue Jays first win against Oakland since 2017. They went 0-7 against Oakland last season. “We beat them every game last year. They played well and played hard and beat us,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We have to give it to them. We didn’t expect that. Hopefully it just inspires us for the next series to start playing better because it didn’t feel good getting swept.” The loss dropped the A’s to 11-13, 4.5 games behind first place Seattle in the AL West. Starter Brett Anderson only lasted 2.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He took the loss to fall to 3-1. Khris Davis went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs, while Marcus Semien went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.
The Athletics average 4.58 runs per game, which is 17th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .245, which is 17th, and a team slugging percentage of .426, which is 16th in the league. They are 4th in home runs. They have a team ERA of 4.706, which is 20th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.50, which is 12th. Marcus Semien leads the A’s with a .322 batting average, 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. Matt Chapman is batting ,305 with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs, while Chad Pinder is batting .295. Khris Davis is batting .251 with 10 HRs and 21 RBIs. He is 3rd in the MLB in homers and 5th in RBIs.
Frankie Montas gets the start for Oakland. Montas is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.70. The right hander has a WHIP of 0.94 and teams are batting .190 against him.
- Athletics are 5-0 in Montas’ last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
- Athletics are 5-2 in Montas’ last 7 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- Athletics are 16-5 in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Athletics are 24-10 in their last 34 during game 2 of a series.
- Rangers are 8-22 in their last 30 road games.
- Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Rangers are 4-12 in their last 16 Tuesday games.
- Rangers are 1-7 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rangers are 1-8 in their last 9 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the A’s. The Rangers come in playing great, but they face one of the best pitchers in the league in Frankie Montas. Montas has been great thus far. He has a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 2.70. Plus, the Rangers aren’t great in Oakland. The Rangers are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Oakland and 2-10 in the last 12 meetings.
Prediction: Oakland -135
Full-Game Total Pick
I like the under in this game. Montas has pitched well and is coming off a start where he allowed just 1 run to the Astros, Lynn has been solid, too, so expect a low-scoring affair. The under is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 vs. a team with a losing record and 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The under is 4-0 in Montas’ last 4 starts vs. a team with a winning record and 4-0 in his last 4 starts vs. American League West.