Preview: Athletics at Rangers

Current Conditions - Arlington
Wind: E 8
5-Day Forecast
GAME: Oakland Athletics (62-38) at Texas Rangers (40-62)
DATE/TIME: Friday, July 25 - 8:05 PM EST
WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
LINE: -155, 143 N/A TOTAL: N/A

American League West rivals at the opposite ends of the spectrum collide in the Lone Star State on Friday as the major league-leading Oakland Athletics open a three-game series against the cellar-dwelling Texas Rangers. Brandon Moss continued his torrid display at the plate by belting his third grand slam of the season and team-leading 23rd homer in Oakland's 13-1 triumph over Houston on Thursday afternoon. Moss, who has gone deep in four of his last eight games, is 6-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs versus Friday starter Jerome Williams.

While the Athletics have won 12 of their last 17, the reeling Rangers lost their final three contests of the four-game series to the New York Yankees and a blistering 27 of 32 games. Bright spots are few and far between for tumbling Texas, which saw J.P. Arencibia launch a homer for the second time in three outings. Unfortunately for Arencibia, those blasts were the lone hits in 12 at-bats in that stretch and he is 2-for-13 versus Friday starter Jason Hammel.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, CSN California (Oakland), KTXA (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Jason Hammel (8-7, 3.35 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Jerome Williams (1-4, 6.04)

Hammel dropped his second straight outing since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs and failed to pitch at least five innings for the first time this season. The 31-year-old allowed five runs on six hits in two frames en route to an 8-4 setback to Baltimore on Saturday. Hammel has surrendered eight homers in his last seven outings after permitting five in his previous 12.

Williams is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock to start the series opener while fellow right-hander Nick Tepesch will be pushed back to Saturday. Signed to a minor-league contract on July 11, Williams made 26 appearances out of the bullpen for the Astros while going 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in two starts for the Express. The 32-year-old owns a 4-5 career mark with a 4.19 ERA in 16 career appearances (nine starts) against the Athletics.


1. Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes sat out Thursday's game with a strained thumb, but is expected to play against Texas.

2. Rangers manager Ron Washington said that RHP Neftali Feliz will inherit the closer's role in the wake of the team trading Joakim Soria to Detroit.

3. After Texas won the first three outings, the Athletics have claimed five of the last six meetings between the division rivals.

PREDICTION: Athletics 6, Rangers 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Oakland 62-38 W1 33-17 29-21 18-11 11-8 23-17 10-2
Texas 40-62 L3 18-30 22-32 7-19 11-10 16-24 6-9

Last Meeting

Oakland Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
6/18/14 TEX 2 OAK 4 .344 0 .826 .182 0 .441

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
OAK C. Crisp .433 13 1.167
TEX A. Rios .273 9 .680
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
OAK B. Moss 2 4 4
TEX R. Odor 1 4 3
Pitching ERA Avg K
OAK 4.00 .303 66
TEX 5.13 .234 55
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
OAK C. Crisp .278 76 .805
TEX A. Beltre .322 109 .880
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
OAK B. Moss 22 48 67
TEX A. Beltre 14 52 53
Pitching ERA Avg K
OAK 3.13 .253 769
TEX 4.85 .258 730

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 135 -160
Offshore Odds OFF OFF OFF
CarbonSports -110
Top Bet
BetDSI 135 -160
Sportsbook -110 -110
9.5 135 -160
Vegas Odds
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Oakland Overall Texas
62-38 W/L 40-62
54-46 RL W/L 38-64
48-46-6 O/U 50-46-6
4.96 Runs For 4.03
3.45 Runs Against 5.13
Oakland A/H Texas
29-21 W/L 18-30
28-22 RL W/L 13-35
22-23-5 O/U 23-23-2
4.88 Runs For 4.02
3.58 Runs Against 5.69