A late night west coast bout between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics gets out week started on Monday. Frustrating losses the last couple of days, both resulting in 1 run losses. When you only give up 2 runs to the opposition you expect to win. When you score 9 runs you expect to win. However, a solid pitching effort went to waste on Saturday and an offensive outburst from the Astros went down the toilet yesterday. Nevertheless, it’s still been a solid, positive money making start through the first month and a half into the 2016 season. We hope to come back strong on the west coast tonight.
The Rangers are fresh off a win and brawl yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays. I’m not going to get into it much, but it started when convicted felon Matt Bush intentionally beamed Jose Bautista with a pitch. Rougned Odor got offended by Bautista coming to close to him on a slide and it resulted in Bautista getting punched in the face. I don’t really want to get into that too much, so I’ll leave it at that.
At the end of the day, the Rangers won the baseball game. Odor should be seeing a suspension, so we won’t be seeing him tonight against the A’s. The Rangers have had an adequate start to the season, improving to 22-16 with their win yesterday. The Athletics are in the opposite seat, entering tonight with a record of 16-22. The ship has sailed on the A’s, they had numerous chances to capitalize in the postseason for about a decade now but came up short. I suppose the Rangers are telling themselves the same thing as well.
They had some talent on their pitching staff, but they are now left with trying to get something out of Sean Manaea. Nothing against Manaea, he may turn into a quality pitcher down the road, but it’s fairly evident that the Athletics are just trying to plug a hole with toilet paper. He’s gotten rocked thus far and doesn’t appear ready to be pitching at this level. Manaea catches a hot Texas offense this evening.
Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics
Derek Holland (3-2, 6.09 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (0-1, 11.37 ERA)
Like a lot of other pitchers, a shoulder injury can be devastating to a career. Holland can testify, who hasn’t completed a full season since 2013. In 2014 and 2015 he only had fifteen starts. Holland is beginning this year in the starting rotation, but the Rangers are holding their breath on his health. The starting rotation has faced a lot of injuries the past two seasons and Holland has been a part of that. His recent starts would indicate that there is still something bothering him, as he’s gotten hit hard for an ERA of 12.27 in his last three starts. Including a 2.45 WHIP and 4.58 OBA to go along with the poor ERA.
Manaea has had three starts in the majors and none of the starts went too well. The A’s are hoping to get productivity out of him, but he’s having big problems early in his career. Manaea enters tonight with an ERA of 11.37 with a 2.05 WHIP and .435 OBA. In only 2.2 innings against the Red Sox, he allowed 8 runs and 10 hits in his last start. The Rangers’ offense has been playing well, too. They are also hitting .286 against left-handers overall, as well as .320 in their last ten games. This looks like a perfect opportunity for a firework of runs on the board. The total should be 8.5 or 9.
PICK: OVER 8 RUNS (-120)