The Texas Rangers look to stay competitive and make it their sixth win in seven games tonight in Arlington. They may be way back of the Houston Astros in the AL West, but they are right in the thick of things when it comes to playing for a wildcard. With the Tampa Bay Rays in firm control of the first wildcard at the moment, the Rangers and Red Sox are behind them virtually in a tie for the next spot.
Standings and especially the wildcard picture can be a little irrelevant at this point. Other than the teams, like the Astros, who are close to a lock already of winning their divisions, the rest is still a jumbled up mess. Who knows what it’s going to look like come September. The Rangers may be several games back at that point.
However, the fact that we’re talking about the Rangers hanging around in the wildcard picture in June is impressive for them. If only their rotation can get hot to help out the offense and the Rangers may be in business. What’s going to be interesting is what the Rangers are going to do at the trade deadline. They’re one of those teams stuck in between selling and buying, but in all likelihood, the Rangers are going to be a sell.
The Rangers have terrific trade bait with Mike Minor and Hunter Pence and could pick up valuable prospects. On the same hand, though, with guys like Noah Syndergaard possibly out there in the open market, the Rangers are going to have tough decisions to make. Surprisingly they are at 32-28 and I don’t think they believed they were going to have this good problem to have.
It’s way early, though, and Texas isn’t built to be a postseason team. That would especially result in Minor being a trade candidate. Former Cardinal Lance Lynn will get the call on Friday to go up against lefty Brett Anderson of the Athletics. The A’s are coming off a nice 7-4 win in Anaheim last night. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Rangers pick.
Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Pick:
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The Athletics got out early and didn’t look back against the Angels in Anaheim last night. In what is a recurring theme with the Angels, they allowed a winnable game to slip away at home. That is what the Angels do, and what the Athletics do is be an average baseball team. The Athletics enter the weekend at an even 31-31 as they hope to get above .500 with a win this evening.
Average could still get the A’s a trip to the postseason with a wildcard, though. The Athletics will turn to Brett Anderson as their starting hurler this evening in Texas. He has been solid enough for the A’s with an ERA of 3.95 and 1.38 WHIP overall on the year. Anderson is going into this one feeling confident, as he’s posted an ERA of 2.65 in his last three outings.
In Anderson’s last try against the Rangers he was good, but the bullpen let him down as the Rangers survived for an 8-7 win on April 14th. The Athletics’ relieves have been average this season with an ERA of 4.27. They are ahead of the Rangers, who possess a 4.76 ERA out of the bullpen. Lynn has been solid as well recently, as he has a 3.26 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in his last three games. Note that Lynn hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since May 4th against the Blue Jays, six starts ago.
Rangers’ pitchers have to like pitching for this team in 2019. They’ve been getting excellent run support and Lynn has a record of 8-4 because of it. Texas are 2nd in the major leagues with 5.67 runs scored game. That gets bumped up to 5.81 at home in Arlington. The Rangers have been excellent at home with a record of 22-10 as opposed to 13-16 on the road for the A’s. Expect a letdown spot for the Athletics tonight after their easy win in Anaheim a night ago.