PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Frankie Montas (7-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. Rangers LH Drew Smyly (1-4, 7.93)
Montas has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 12 starts this year after yielding four hits and two runs in six innings of a 4-2 victory over the Angels in Anaheim on Tuesday. The 26-year-old Dominican native boasts a 1.17 WHIP and .237 batting average from this season with 69 strikeouts in 70 innings. Montas is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in five games (two starts) against Texas after an 11-5 victory over the Rangers on April 23 in which he permitted three runs and nine hits in 5??2/3 frames.
Smyly allowed seven runs and eight hits in each of his last two starts – losses to Baltimore 12-11 on Tuesday and at Seattle 8-7 on May 29 – while yielding a joint five home runs in 8??1/3 innings. The 29-year-old Arkansas native, who is 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in six home starts this season, is saddled with a 1.86 WHIP and .283 batting average against. Smyly is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA in eight games (five starts) versus Oakland, such as a no-decision when he permitted four runs in five innings of Texas’ 8-6 loss to the Athletics on April 12.
1. Oakland’s Josh Phegley and the New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez direct all catchers with 37 RBIs later Phegley delivered a double and a solo home run in the opener of Saturday.
2. After having a two-run single in the first match of Saturday, rangers 3B Asdrubal Cabrera has 29 of his 35 RBIs this season.
3. The Athletics are 13-5 against left-handers this season.
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