Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers Matchup Preview - August 16th, 2022

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The Oakland Athletics enter the game as the 30th ranked team per THE BAT X's Power Rankings and will battle the 16th ranked Rangers at Globe Life Field. The Athletics may need to kick their hitting into gear to maximize their win chances today, as they rank just 30th in MLB in batting average this year. When the Rangers have found success this year, it's been through their speed. They rank 2nd in baseball in stolen bases.

Oakland Athletics Insights

  • JP Sears has posted a fantastic 1.13 ERA over his last 3 outings.

  • Vimael Machin has primarily hit in the top-half of the lineup this season (61% of the time), but he is projected to bat 7th in the batting order in this game.

  • Projected catcher Sean Murphy grades out as a good pitch framer, per THE BAT projection system.

Texas Rangers Insights

  • Kohei Arihara has been given less leash than the average pitcher this year, throwing 12.5 fewer adjusted pitches-per-game than the average pitcher.

  • Adolis Garcia has seen a notable increase in his exit velocity of late; just compare his 95.1-mph average in the last two weeks to his seasonal 92.1-mph EV.

  • The 12.3% Barrel% of the Texas Rangers ranks them as the #22 team in MLB since the start of last season by this standard.

Betting Trends

  • The Texas Rangers have hit the Run Line in 62 of their last 109 games (+10.75 Units / 8% ROI)

  • The Oakland Athletics have hit the Game Total Under in 60 of their last 111 games (+9.35 Units / 8% ROI)

  • Corey Seager has hit the RBIs Over in 28 of his last 54 games at home (+12.35 Units / 23% ROI)