Rangers Bid for Fourth Win in Row
The Texas Rangers go for a fourth straight win when they host the Oakland Athletics in the second of a four-game series between division rivals on Tuesday night. Texas won the opener after firing its manager earlier in the day on Monday and is 9½ games out of the final wild card spot in the American League.
Oakland is on a nine-game losing streak and is at the bottom of the AL West standings, 10 games behind the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels. These two teams played a tight series opener, so make sure to check out our in-depth preview of the second game of the series before you make any bet online.
Athletics Sinking Fast as Offense Goes Silent
The Oakland Athletics have been in rebuilding mode all season after trading away a number of their big stars in the offseason, but they had at least been competitive much of the time. Oakland has dropped nine in a row and has the worst record in the American League, with its offense scoring the second-fewest runs in the majors.
Infielder Nick Allen provided all of the team’s offense on Monday night, hitting a solo home run. The rookie is batting .214 with seven doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and 17 runs scored in 56 games at the major league level.
Catcher Sean Murphy leads Oakland with a .244 batting average and 48 RBIs, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the series opener. Murphy also has 26 doubles, a triple and 46 runs scored.
Left-hander JP Sears will get the start for Tuesday’s contest, bringing a 3-0 record and 2.30 ERA to the mound for his fourth start and ninth appearance. Sears has made one start since joining the Athletics in a trade-deadline deal from the New York Yankees, going 5.1 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out three and walking none.
Rangers Make Changes
The Texas Rangers made a managerial change on Monday, firing Chris Woodward hours before the series opener against the Oakland Athletics and naming Tony Beasley as the interim manager for the rest of the season. Beasley started off with some success as the Rangers won their third straight game, 2-1 over the Athletics.
“Yeah, it was nerve-wracking. It was a one-run ball game, and so every pitch mattered, every play mattered,” Beasley said after Monday’s win. “Walks creating opportunities for the other team to score, we persevered and somehow got through it.”
Right-hander Kohei Arihara will make the start in Beasley’s second game at the helm. Arihara is making his 2022 debut with the Rangers after appearing in 18 games at Triple-A Round Rock. The 30-year-old Arihara went 2-4 with a 6.64 ERA in 10 starts as a rookie in 2021 with Texas, striking out 24 in 40.2 innings.
Second baseman Marcus Semien had a home run to help the Rangers to Monday’s win. Semien is batting .238 with 18 doubles, three triples, 18 home runs, 57 RBIs and 65 runs scored.
Outfielder Adolis Garcia was 1-for-4 in the contest, extending his current hitting streak to 12 games. Garcia is batting .308 in August with a pair of doubles, a home run, 10 RBis and six runs scored.
Athletics vs Rangers Head-To-Head
The Texas Rangers have had their share of success against the Oakland Athletics, leading the season series 9-5 heading into Tuesday’s contest. Playing at home has been a good thing for Texas, which is 3-1 against Oakland at Globe Life Field.
The Rangers are looking for their first season series victory against their division rival since the 2016 campaign, as Oakland won the last five season series. The MLB lines for Tuesday’s contest are favoring Texas to break that streak with a season series-clinching victory.
Athletics vs Rangers Game Information
- Game: Athletics (41-75) vs Rangers (52-63)
- Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Aug. 16, 8:05 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs Rangers Live Stream: MLB.tv
Athletics vs Rangers Betting Lines
J. Sears -L
|+1½ -190||+117||8 -115o||3½ -140o
K. Arihara -R
|-1½ +160||-127||8 -105u||4½ +115o
Athletics vs Rangers Prediction
The Oakland Athletics just don’t have much offense right now while the Texas Rangers are feeling a little energized after the managerial change. Arihara should get over any jitters from returning to the majors and keep Oakland in check for another Rangers victory.
When making your MLB picks, take Texas to earn another win at home.