Friday, April 7, 2017
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Raul Alcantara vs. A.J. Griffin
The Oakland Athletics head to Globe Life Park on Friday, April 7, 2017 to take on the Texas Rangers. The starters are Raul Alcantara for the Athletics and A.J. Griffin for the Rangers.
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The opening line for this game has Oakland at +156 and Texas at -166. The Athletics have a 1-2-0 over/under record and a 2-1-0 run line mark. The Rangers are 1-2-0 against the run line and have a 2-1-0 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 1-2-0 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 2-1-0 against the run line
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 2-1-0 against the over/under
The Texas Rangers are 1-2-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/06/17 P John Axford Shoulder 10-day DL (4/2)
04/01/17 P Sonny Gray Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 CF Jake Smolinski Shoulder 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 2B Joey Wendle Shoulder 10-day DL (3/31)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
04/03/17 SS Hanser Alberto Shoulder 10-day DL (3/30)
04/03/17 P Tyson Ross Undisclosed 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 3B Adrian Beltre Calf 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Andrew Cashner Bicep 10-day DL (4/1)
04/01/17 P Chi Chi Gonzalez Elbow 60-day DL
04/01/17 P Tanner Schepper Abdominal 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 C Brett Nicholas Knee 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Jake Diekman Intestinal 60-day DL (2/14)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 1-2 overall record this year. Starting pitcher Raul Alcantara had a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 7.25 and a WHIP of 1.57. He had 14 strikeouts over his 22.1 innings pitched and he gave up 31 hits last season. He allowed 12.5 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 8.21. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 4.01 and they gave up 522 base hits on the year. Teams hit .241 against the bullpen while being struck out 530 times and walking 193 times last season. As a team, Oakland allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine innings. They were 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.51. The Athletics pitchers collectively gave up 1,459 base hits and 718 earned runs. They allowed 185 home runs last season and they allowed 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff walked 464 batters and struck out 1,188. They walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit was 4.24.
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As a team Oakland batted .246, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Athletics held a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which was good for 28th in baseball. They ranked 25th in baseball with 8.35 hits per game. Khris Davis is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .247 with an on-base percentage of .307. He had 137 hits last season along with 85 runs scored and 102 runs batted in. He struck out 166 times and walked 42 times. Jed Lowrie hit .263 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .314. He totaled 89 hits while scoring 30 runs and he drove in 27. He walked 26 times and struck out on 65 occasions. The Athletics had 1,352 hits, including 270 doubles and 169 home runs. They stole 50 bases and were thrown out stealing 23 times. Oakland walked 442 times last season and they struck out 1,145 times as a unit. They left 1,036 men on base and had a team OPS of .699. They scored 4.03 runs per contest and scored a total of 653 runs last year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 0-3 overall mark this season. With an earned run average of 5.07, A.J. Griffin had a 7-4 record and a 1.36 WHIP last season. He had 107 strikeouts over the 119 innings he pitched during which he gave up 116 hits. He allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 5.74. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.40 and they gave up 521 base hits on the year. Teams hit .258 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 425 times and walking 190 times last season. As a team, Texas allowed 8.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings. They were 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.37. The Rangers pitchers as a team surrendered 1,441 base knocks and 700 earned runs last season. They gave up 201 home runs last year and they gave up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff walked 534 hitters and struck out 1,154. They gave up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.37 while their FIP as a staff was 4.58.
As a team, they batted .262, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Rangers held a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which was good for 15th in baseball. They ranked 8th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup after batting .300 with an OBP of .358. He had 175 hits last year along with 89 runs scored and 104 RBI. He struck out 66 times and walked on 48 occasions. Jonathan Lucroy hit .292 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .355. He collected 143 hits while scoring 67 runs and driving in 81. He earned a walk 47 times and punched out 100 times. The Rangers as a unit had 1,446 base hits, including 257 doubles and 215 homers. They had 99 stolen bases and were thrown out 36 times. Texas as a team walked 436 times last year and they struck out 1,220 times. They had 1,038 men left on base and had an OPS of .755. They scored 4.72 runs per game and totaled 765 runs last season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers -166
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