Texas Rangers (76-77 SU, 85-68 RL, 70-77-6 O/U) vs Oakland A’s (70-83 SU, 81-72 RL, 82-67-4 O/U)
When: 4:05 PM EDT, Sunday, September 24, 2017
Where: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California
Lines: Oakland -113/ Texas +113
Major League Baseball action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of American League West foes will square off as the Texas Rangers duke it out with the Oakland A’s at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. Pitching Probables: Martin Perez (12-11, 4.70 ERA) gets the nod in this one and he will be opposed by Jharel Cotton (8-10, 5.81 ERA).
Rangers Are Running Out Of Time
The Texas Rangers are still in the hunt for a wildcard slot, but they will have just seven games after this one is played and they are 3.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot. They are clearly running out of time and may not have enough games left to make up the ground needed to get in. They are playing an Oakland team that has nothing to play for and they didn’t really show up to play in game one as they lost that game by a score of 4-1. That is not the kind of effort you want from a team that is trying to get into the postseason. They were able to get eight hits in the game but just couldn’t get the big hits to drive in runs. Their lone run in the game came on a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and it was his 21st of the year. The Rangers have gone 37-42 on the road this year and they have averaged 4.42 rpg and have allowed 4.68 rpg in those games. Toeing the rubber for the Rangers will be Martin Perez and he has gone 12-11 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts on the year, including 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last three starts and 4-4 with a 3.88 ERA in 12 starts on the road. Perez has gone 6-11 with a 4.32 ERA in 27 games (24 starts) in Sept/ Oct and 15-12 with a 3.93 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) in the daytime in his career, while against the A’s in his career he has gone 6-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 14 starts, including 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA in seven starts in this park.
The Rangers have been a solid offensive team so far as they come in ranked 5th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.07 rpg, while also ranking 25th in hitting at .246 and 2nd in homers with 228. On the mound, they have been a bit below average so far as they come in ranked 20th in the league in ERA at 4.60, while also ranking 21st in WHIP at 1.39.
A’s Deal Rangers A Tough Loss
The Oakland A’s have been one of the worst teams in the league on the road this year, but they have played pretty well at home and they were able to use their homefield advantage to take down the Rangers by a score of 4-1 in game one of this series. Getting a strong start in the game was Kendall Graveman, who allowed just one ER on six hits and three walks in 7.0 innings of work. He is now 6-4 with a 4.17 ERA on the year. Matt Olson had a big blow with a two-run homer in the 2nd inning to give them a lead they never relinquished. It was his 24th of the year. The A’s don’t have much to play for, but they seem to relish the role of spoiler right now. Oakland has gone a solid 43-33 here at home for the year and have averaged 5.24 rpg and have allowed 5.07 rpg in those games. In comparison, they are just 27-50 on the road. Jharel Cotton gets the nod for the A’s in this one and he has gone 8-10 with a 5.81 ERA in 23 starts on the year, including 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in his last three starts and 3-6 with a 7.52 ERA in 12 starts here at home. Cotton has gone 10-10 with a 5.11 ERA in 28 career starts overall, including 8-3 with a 3.56 ERa in 13 day starts and 5-6 with a 6.11 ERA in 15 career starts in this park, while against the Rangers he is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in three starts.
The A’s have been a bit below average on offense this year as they come in ranked 19th in the league in scoring, putting up just 4.60 rpg, while also ranking 24th in hitting at .246 and 5th in homers with 223. On the mound, they have been poor as they come in ranked 23rd in the league in ERA at 4.72, while also ranking 16th in WHIP at 1.37.
- 3-9 in their last 12 Sunday games
- 2-7 in Perez’s last nine road starts vs. a team with a losing record
- 9-1 in their last 10 Sunday games
- 6-0 in their last six vs. the American League West
The Rangers need this game in the worst way or they will really have very little chance to get into the postseason. The problem for them here is that they have struggled on the road and the A’s have been a very solid home team this year as they have gone 43-33 here at the Coliseum for the year, plus they have won their last six home games in this series. The A;s are in spoiler mode and he is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA in his career against the Rangers, while Perez is 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA in this park in his career. Look for the A’s to once again give the Rangers a damaging loss.