The Texas Rangers (33-23) and Oakland Athletics (24-32) continue a four-game American League West series on Wednesday night at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 ET
Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton has cooled off after a spectacular May, going 3 for 21 in the first five games of the team’s current road trip, which has led to three losses over that span. The Rangers aren’t too concerned about their start, considering he’s the leading vote-getter in both leagues to make the All-Star Game in Kansas City next month. A surprising statistic is the club’s even 10-10 record against divisional foes this year, which includes dropping both series on the road. Texas is 9-7 as a road favorite of -125 to -150 this season.
Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (4-4, 3.50 ERA) was handed a 4-2 road loss by the Los Angeles Angels last time out, giving up four runs (two earned) and four hits over 6.2 innings. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.04 ERA in six road outings, serving up 10 home runs in 42.1 frames. In 18 lifetime appearances (16 starts) versus the Athletics, Lewis has compiled a 7-3 record and 3.23 ERA, including a 5-1 mark and 2.60 ERA in nine starts on the road.
Oakland suffered a 6-3 setback on Tuesday night, alternating wins and losses over its last five games. The Athletics will look to get Seth Smith back in the lineup after sitting out the second game of this series due to a southpaw on the mound, as he collected four hits in the series opener. Offensively, the team has managed to score 24 combined runs over the last four games, but 12 of those came on Monday. Oakland is 0-7 as a home underdog of +125 to +150 this season, with the “under” going 4-3 in those contests.
Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (4-6, 4.34 ERA) has suffered a loss in four of his last five starts, receiving just 14 runs of support over that span. The right-hander is 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA in five home outings this year, as opposing hitters are batting .322 against him. In 27 career starts versus the Rangers, Colon has collected a 17-6 reord and 3.77 ERA, including a 12-1 mark and 3.24 ERA over his last 14 appearances.
Bettors will likely back the Rangers due to their 21-8 record on the road against losing teams, while the Athletics are 0-4 in Colon’s last four outings as a home underdog.
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