Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Eric Surkamp
The Texas Rangers visit O.co Coliseum on Tuesday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Cole Hamels for the Rangers and Eric Surkamp for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at -140 and Oakland at +130. The over/under was set at 8. The Rangers have a 20-17-1 over/under record and a 21-17-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Athletics are 18-20-0 against the run line and have a 19-17-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 22-16 record, including 8-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 2.95 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 45 strikeouts over his 42.2 innings pitched and he has given up 37 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.27. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 5.18 and they have given up 138 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .282 against the bullpen while being struck out 95 times and walking 51 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.97 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.89 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 342 base hits and 156 earned runs. They have allowed 50 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 136 batters and struck out 263. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.76.
As a team, Texas is batting .260, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.76 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .325. He has 39 hits this season along with 16 runs scored and 26 runs batted in. He's struck out 12 times and has walked 11 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 36 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 14. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 15 times. The Rangers have 333 hits, including 67 doubles and 39 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Texas has walked 105 times this season and they've struck out 269 times as a unit. They've left 235 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.71 runs per contest and have scored a total of 179 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 5-11 home record and a 16-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.55, Eric Surkamp has a 0-3 record and a 1.96 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 22 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 29 hits. He has allowed 11.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.67. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.10 and they have given up 128 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 128 times and walking 40 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.98 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.90. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 346 base knocks and 182 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 50 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 133 hitters and struck out 296. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.59.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .219 average at home. The Athletics hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .297 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.45 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 35 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 17 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .316 and he has an OBP of .387. He has collected 42 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 22 times. The Athletics as a unit have 321 base hits, including 51 doubles and 41 homers. They have 20 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Oakland as a team has walked 90 times this year and they have struck out 263 times. They've had 246 men left on base and have an OPS of .685. They score 3.82 runs per game and have totaled 145 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 20-17-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 21-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 19-17-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 18-20-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9)
05/10/16 2B Jed Lowrie Shin 15-day DL (5/9)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 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)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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