September is the time when teams outside of controversy call in some of their young prospects to give them a great league experience and see what they have. The Texas Rangers will face Glenn Otto for the third time this season as he travels to Auckland on Friday to face athletics.
Otto was acquired from the New York Yankees in late July as part of Joey Gallo’s deal. He has been solid in his two starts, allowing two runs and a walk in 9/7 innings. This goes well with his modest league numbers, as he went 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA for three teams with 0.6 home runs allowed and 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Otto will face Athletics’ Paul Blackburn, who has done much better in 2021 after a combined 9.22 ERA and a 2-6 record in the last three seasons. He has scored three or fewer runs in three of his four. In Auckland, he has allowed two runs and runs just one in 10/2 innings.
The Athletics have played three of Blackburn’s four starts and face the Rangers, who are last in every match after a break with the All-Star’s 3.5.
Athletics has struggled in Auckland, with only Seattle and Texas ahead of AL in home runs per game (4.1). The Rangers have allowed four or less in five of their last six games, both offenses will be caught in the neutral on Friday.
the game: Rangers Athletics Total, Under 8.5 Runs.