Rangers & Athletics Continue Crucial Set In Texas

By: Don Best Staff | Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The A’s are 26-28 this season when facing a left-handed starting pitcher.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
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09/26/2012, 8:05 p.m. (ET) ESPN
Opening Lines: Rangers -135, O/U 9½
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Oakland Athletics: The A's (86-67, +29.4 units through Monday) were just 2-5 on this current road trip heading into Tuesday's tilt that was still pending.  Oakland's lead for the second AL wild card spot was down to two over a fast-charging Angels team, and was a decided +180 underdog in Game 2.  The Athletics will send Jarrod Parker to the mound for Game 3 on Wednesday with the rookie in search of his 12th win of the campaign.  Parker has pitched at least seven innings his last four times to the hill and allowed two runs or less in the outings, but Oakland's offense has failed to support his efforts with a 2-2 team mark in those games.  He faced the Rangers in Oakland on June 4 and surrendered just one hit in eight shutout frames for the win as a +120 underdog.  Parker's last four starts, and eight of the last 10, have stayed 'under' the total.

Texas Rangers: Ron Washington and the Rangers (91-62, +2.1 units) went into Tuesday's second game of the series having seen their magic number for a third consecutive AL West title sliced to five with a 5-4 victory in Monday's series opener.  Texas sends rookie Martin Perez to the mound on Wednesday for his second consecutive start since being recalled in early September.  The southpaw has four starts overall to his credit (Rangers 1-3) along with six relief appearances.  The Venezuelan earned his first MLB victory vs. the A's in Oakland on June 30, working into the sixth and allowing just two runs while striking out five.  Perez was not sharp his last time out and took a 6-3 loss at Seattle, the only 'over' among his four starts to date.  Oakland is 26-28 this year when facing a left-handed starter while Texas is 64-45 vs. righties.

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