Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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Marcus Semien and the surging Oakland Athletics will head east to play their divisional rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The game gets underway 8:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will be airing the action.

Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Oakland (-160) is entering this game as the favorite over Texas (+150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 11 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). This game currently has a runline of Athletics -1.5 (-110) and Rangers +1.5 (-110).

The Rangers are 74-74 straight up (SU) and 81-66 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 10.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.7 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven. The Athletics are 87-60 SU and have gone 82-64 against the spread. In total, the team’s accumulated 20.8 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 16.4 units ATS. Oakland’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Rangers games have an over/under record of 66-78-3 in 2019. Oakland has also been a decent under bet with a total record of 67-74-5.

Chris Bassitt is getting the start for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Bassitt (10-5, 3.64 ERA) has recorded 129 strikeouts in 136 innings so far. He’s 1-1 with 12 strikeouts and a 2.53 ERA against Texas this year (two starts).

The Rangers are sending lefty Brock Burke (0-1, 3.52 ERA) to the hill. Burke has 12 strikeouts and eight walks to his name as well as a WHIP of 1.17. Burke hasn’t faced the Athletics yet this year and did not appear in the majors in 2018.

Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 6.99 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.08, along with a K-per-9 of 9.15.

Athletics hitters have slashed .249/.328/.449 on their way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman have led Oakland’s hitters. Semien is slashing .282/.363/.509 with 28 home runs, 81 RBIs and 111 runs scored, while Chapman is hitting .251 with 32 homers, 81 RBIs and 94 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Texas’ pitchers have allowed 5.2 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.11, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.3. The bullpen has a 4.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.7 K/9. In 68 divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.46 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.58.

Texas’ hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.2 per game against divisional foes and 7.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .307/.373/.471 over its last five contests and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have paced the Rangers’ batters this year. Andrus is hitting .273/.312/.391 with 10 home runs, 65 RBIs, 73 runs and 28 stolen bases, and Choo’s line sits at .263/.365/.448 with 21 homers, 53 RBIs and 84 runs.

The Athletics have gained 16.4 units and are 26-14 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 10.0 units and are 53-41 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 41 of those games, as opposed to 52 that’ve cashed the under.

Athletics at Rangers Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have won five of their last six games SU while the Rangers have taken six of their last seven.
  • Texas has recorded 25.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 30.8 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.
  • The Athletics have a total OPS of .777 this season, including an OPS of .807 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .751 overall and .724 against southpaws.