Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

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Elvis Andrus and the Texas Rangers are set to take the field against their divisional rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in a Tuesday showdown. NBC Sports – California is in line to televise the matchup and the game gets going at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Bookmakers have Oakland (-135) as the favorite over Texas (+125). The total currently stands at 8.5 runs and gamblers can play the over for even money (+100) and the under for -120. There’s a runline of Rangers +1.5 (-170) and Athletics -1.5 (+150) for this matchup.

The Athletics are 12-13 straight up (SU) and 11-13 against the spread (ATS). The team has lost 4.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 2.7 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total went over in five of those seven. On the other hand, the Rangers are 12-9 SU and have gone 13-7 ATS. In total, the club has gained 9.7 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the year and 4.3 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has cashed in four of those seven.

Oakland games have an over/under record of 14-10 so far in 2019. Texas has an over/under record of 11-9.

The right-handed Lance Lynn will get the nod for Texas. Lynn is 2-1 with a 4.44 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Athletics are sending righty Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.70 ERA) to the mound. Montas has 20 punchouts and six walks as well as a 0.94 WHIP. Montas only made one start against the Rangers in 2018 (0-0, 5.40 ERA and three strikeouts across five innings).

Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starters own a 5.61 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 7.33 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.06, along with a WHIP of 1.57 and a K-per-9 of 7.09.

Rangers hitters have slashed .248/.336/.447 on their way to 5.6 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Texas’ offensive production has been led by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is slashing .354/.404/.561 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Choo (.329/.440/.571) has produced one homers, eight RBIs and 14 runs scored.

For the home team, Oakland’s pitching staff has yielded 4.7 runs per game overall in 2019. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.01, a WHIP of 1.30 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.4. The bullpen has a 3.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 14 divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 4.93 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.15.

Oakland’s offense has produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.1 per game against divisional foes and 2.8 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .200/.277/.293 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman have led the Athletics’ batters this year. Semien is hitting .309/.377/.479 with three home runs, 11 RBIs and 19 runs scored, and Chapman’s line sits at .313/.398/.590 with six homers, 16 RBIs and 12 runs.

The Rangers have gained 7.8 units and are 10-5 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in eight of those games, compared to seven that’ve hit the under against righty starters. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 8.2 units and are 6-8 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to five that’ve gone under.

Rangers vs. Athletics Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • Texas has recorded 23.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 20.0 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 16 over their last 10.
  • The Rangers have a total OPS of .784 this season and an OPS of .807 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS sits at .740 overall and .715 versus righties.