Friday, September 16, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Kendall Graveman vs. Cole Hamels
The Oakland Athletics visit Globe Life Park on Friday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Kendall Graveman for the Athletics and Cole Hamels for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +174 and Texas at -184. The over/under was set at 9. The Athletics have a 65-75-5 over/under record and a 80-65-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Rangers are 78-69-0 against the run line and have a 74-65-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Athletics head into this matchup with a 63-82 record, including 30-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Kendall Graveman has a 10-10 record with an earned run average of 4.13 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 96 strikeouts over his 168 innings pitched and he has given up 178 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.53. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 463 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen while being struck out 481 times and walking 172 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.49 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.54. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 1,316 base hits and 647 earned runs. They have allowed 165 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 428 batters and struck out 1,068. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.25.
As a team, Oakland is batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.38 hits per game. Danny Valencia comes into this game hitting .288 and his on-base percentage is at .344. He has 121 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 48 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 34 times. Khris Davis is hitting .248 and he has an on-base percentage of .301. He has totaled 125 hits so far while scoring 77 runs and he's driven in 92. He has walked 33 times and has struck out 151 times. The Athletics have 1,215 hits, including 235 doubles and 149 home runs. They've stolen 47 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. Oakland has walked 384 times this season and they've struck out 1,012 times as a unit. They've left 933 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 3.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 579 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 47-22 home record and a 87-60 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.24, Cole Hamels has a 14-5 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 181 strikeouts over the 180.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 164 hits. He has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.97. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.76 and they have given up 477 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 386 times and walking 171 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.19 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,313 base knocks and 641 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 186 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 485 hitters and struck out 1,045. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.62.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Rangers hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 8.99 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this matchup batting .289 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 167 hits this year along with 104 runs scored and 82 RBI. He's struck out 148 times and has walked on 42 occasions. Adrian Beltre is hitting .297 and he has an OBP of .355. He has collected 160 hits so far while he's scored 83 runs and drove in 97. He has earned a walk 45 times and has punched out 61 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,321 base hits, including 231 doubles and 198 homers. They have 86 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 33 times. Texas as a team has walked 400 times this year and they have struck out 1,115 times. They've had 938 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.82 runs per game and have totaled 708 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 65-75-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 80-65-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 74-65-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 78-69-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/08/16 RF Andrew Lambo Lower Body 60-day DL (7/4)
08/17/16 CF Tyler Ladendorf Wrist 15-day DL (8/17)
08/16/16 2B Jed Lowrie Foot 60-day DL (8/4); out for season
08/07/16 P Sonny Gray Elbow 15-day DL (8/7)
08/07/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6), out for season
07/23/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 60-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 60-day DL (7/2)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
08/27/16 P Jeremy Jeffress Suspension placed on restricted list
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 60-day DL (8/17)
08/15/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Forearm 15-day DL (8/15)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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