The Oakland Athletics are in Texas to play the Rangers tonight. Daniel Mengden is on the hill for the Athletics and Bartolo Colon is on the bump for the Rangers.
The Athletics are -115 on the money line. The Rangers are a slight -105 home favorite and the total is 10.5 runs.
The A’s are 8-4 when Mengden starts and 3-1 when he starts on the road. Mengden has a 3.54 ERA and 4.48 xFIP in 20.1 innings pitched on the road. Mengden walks 0.89 and allows 0.89 home runs per nine innings pitched. Hitters have a 292 BABIP and a 12.6 percent strikeout rate against Mengden in his 20.1 innings of work on the road.
The Rangers are 5-4 this season when Colon takes the hill and 2-3 when he starts at home. Colon has a 5.14 ERA with a 3.92 xFIP in 35 innings pitched at home. Colon allows 1.29 walks and 2.57 home runs per nine innings pitched. Hitters have a .231 BABIP and 16.6 percent strikeout rate against Musgrove at home.
The Athletics are a top 15 offense against right handed pitching. They boast a .178 ISO, .286 BABIP and wRC+ of 102 this season against right handed pitching. The A’s also have a 23.1 percent strikeout rate with a 8.9 percent walk rate.
Against right handed pitching the Rangers are a bottom five offense. They have a .156 ISO, .283 BABIP and wRC+ of 83 this season against right handed pitching pitching. Rangers hitters also have a 26 percent strikeout rate and 8.8 percent walk rate.
The Rangers bullpen seems to be fresher tonight. Over the past three days Athletics relievers have thrown 102 pitches. The Rangers bullpen has thrown just 65 pitches over the past three days. I give the Rangers bullpen the edge today.
Play the Athletics on the money line tonight!
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Good luck tonight.