Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics, second game in the series. The division is being dominated by the Athletics. The home team regained leadership of the West Division after winning a major series against the Mariners. On the other hand, the Rangers have negative numbers and from this series good results are not expected for them.
Texas Rangers: Everything is possible.
The Rangers started the regular season with a win against the Rockies in the first of that series. But then the team lost three straight games, including the first in the series against the Diamondbacks. So far the record for the Rangers is negative with 3 wins and 6 losses. The Rangers ranked fourth in the division.
The team is scoring an average of 3.11 runs per game, 4.00 walks, 8.44 strikeouts, 6.11 hits, and 0.67 home runs. The Rangers allow up to 4.67 runs, 8.67 hits, and 0.78 home runs. The defense is weak and the numbers show it in this short season.
Kyle Gibson will be in the mound. This is Gibson’s first year with the Rangers after seven long years with the Twins. In his first game with the Rangers, Gibson lost 1-4 against the Diamondbacks. He has good overall numbers at 4.50 ERA and .493 since 2013.
Oakland Athletics: Victory over all.
The Athletics won the series against the Mariners to ensure dominance of the division. The Astros are close to first place with 6-4 overall. The Athletics have not lost a game since the first day of August. Hard work is done from the mound, the Athletics know how to manage the best pitchers to stop the other teams.
At home the record is positive with 4-3. The team is scoring an average of 3.71 runs per game, 3.71 walks, 6.43 hits and 1.00 home runs. Athletics allow up to 3.57 runs, 2.71 walks and 0.57 home runs at home. Before this 5-1 home win against the Rangers, the Athletics lost two consecutive games against the Rockies at home.
Sean Manaea has no wins this season with the Athletics. So far 0-2, 7.00 ERA and 9.0 pitched innings. Last year Manaea closed the season with 4-0. In five years with the Athletics, the best year for him was 2018 with 12-9. The last game this season was a 3-5 loss against the Mariners.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics 08/05/2020 is: take the Oakland Athletics -1.5 (RUNLINE).
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