The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers square off at Globe Life Field on Wednesday in an MLB matchup. On Tuesday, it was the A’s who prevailed after extra innings, 14-7. The 12th inning saw eight runs scored by the A’s.
The A’s offence has been a major problem all season, averaging 3.32 runs per game, which is 29th in the league. Despite having a decent offensive performance on Tuesday, the A’s offence will need to run up the score again in this game. They are currently ranked 22nd in the league and the pitching hasn’t been that much better. Seth Brown has been the best offensive performer for the A’s with 10 home runs and 38 RBI.
The Rangers, who are on the opposing side of this battle, have dropped two out of their past three games and have an overall record of 40-45. This season, the offence has actually been pretty strong, averaging 4.56 runs per game, ranking ninth in the league. The team’s leading offensive player, Adolis Garcia, has hit 15 home runs and collected 51 RBIs.
Paul Blackburn, who is pitching for the A’s, has a 6-4 record and a 3.36 ERA. He pitched four innings in his most recent start, allowing seven hits and six runs.
Jon Gray, a pitcher with the Rangers, is currently on the mound and has a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 4.03. He pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start against the Minnesota Twins, surrendering nine hits and five runs.
In Gray’s previous six starts for the Rangers, they are 5-1. In their previous six Wednesday games, the A’s have a 0-6 record. In the Rangers’ last four games, the over is 4-0. In Blackburn’s last four road games against a team with a losing record, the under is 4-0.
Since the tendencies are in favour of the over, I predict that both offences will contribute significantly to the final score. In his previous start, Blackburn gave up six runs while Gray gave up five.
Free Pick: Texas Rangers