On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics visit the Texas Rangers for the second game of a three-game series between the American League West rivals.
Oakland is coming of a 5-1 Sunday win over the Kansas City Royals. Matt Olsen hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning. Olsen led the A’s with five hits in 11 at bats including three home runs with eight runs batted in during the series. Oakland has won three of its last four games.
Texas has won just one of its last four games and lost on Sunday to the Los Angeles Angels 3-1. Shin-Soo Choo had two doubles in a losing effort for the Rangers, while Nomar Mazara hit his 14th home run for the Rangers. However, Texas remains in last place in the AL West 13.5 games out of first place.
Jed Lowrie leads the A’s with a .296 batting average and team highs in RBIs with 42 and hits with 69. Khris Davis leads the team in home runs with 13. Oakland has a team batting average of .240 while opposing hitters are averaging .246 at the plate against Athletics pitching. On Wednesday, the A’s will send Daniel Mengden to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 6-4 with an ERA of 2.91, 48 KS and 8 BBs.
Nomar Mazara leads Texas with a .274 batting average and team highs in RBIs with 39 and hits with 63. Joey Gallo leads Texas in home runs with 15. Texas has a team batting average of .228 while opposing hitters are averaging .270 at the plate against Rangers pitching. On Wednesday, the Rangers will send Bartolo Colon to the mound. The veteran right-hander this season is 2-3 with an ERA of 4.21, 44 Ks and 8 BBs.