Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers
MLB: 08.05 PM EST
June 5, 2018
The Oakland Athletics travel to Arlington to begin a brief two-game set with their divisional rivals, the Texas Rangers, on Tuesday night. Both teams had the night off yesterday; Oakland was on the road after taking two of three games in Kauffman Stadium against the host Kansas City Royals, while Texas managed just one win in their weekend series versus the visiting LA Angels.
STARTING PITCHERS: Oakland LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.60 ERA) vs. Texas LHP Matt Moore (1-5, 7.85 ERA)
Tonight’s pitching matchup pits two struggling southpaws against each other. Sean Manaea of the Athletics has given up 4+ earned runs in each of his last six starts, after allowing 2 or fewer in the previous six (including a dominant no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in April). Manaea has good numbers against the Rangers in his career, sporting a 4-2 record with a 3.51 ERA. Moore, meanwhile, has struggled mightily in 2018, and bettors will find no comfort in his lifetime stats against Oakland; he’s just 1-2 with a 6.82 ERA. Moore’s WHIP this season is a gaudy 2.00, meaning he’s averaging exactly 2 base runners per inning pitched, well above league average of around 1.30.
The A’s may be without starting left fielder Matt Joyce, who sat out Sunday’s contest against Kansas City with lingering back issues, but his sub-.200 batting average thus far shouldn’t have a huge impact on an Oakland lineup that has been somewhat surprising. Neither team has a particularly polarizing split against left-handed pitching, so the factor that draws my eye the most is the Athletics’ .257 team batting average away from home (compared to just .222 in the Coliseum). That, combined with the fact that the A’s are 16-14 on the road and Texas is just 11-19 at Globe Life Park, tells me that there might be some value in backing Oakland tonight.
Our Free MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics ML