Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The Oakland Athletics will be squaring off against their AL West foe Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. NBC Sports – California will be televising the matchup and the game is scheduled to get underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Odds

Vegas is listing Texas (+100) as the underdog to Oakland (-110). Bettors can wager on the games total with odds listed at -105 for over 11.5 runs and -115 for under 11.5. The games current runline odds stand at +135 for picking the Athletics -1.5 runs and -155 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Rangers are 42-60 straight up (SU) and 47-54 against the spread (ATS). The teams lost 8.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.6 units (ATS). Texas has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics are 59-43 SU and have gone 52-49 ATS. In total, the teams gained 20.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.9 units ATS. Oakland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in three of those seven.

Texas games have an over/under record of 45-49-7 in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 49-45-7.

The right-handed Edwin Jackson will get the start for the visiting Athletics. Jackson (1-2, 2.93 ERA) has racked up 23 strikeouts in 30.2 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Rangers are turning to lefty Martin Perez (2-4, 8.05 ERA), who has 21 strikeouts and 16 walks as well as a 2.08 WHIP. Perez is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in one start against Oakland this year.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.30 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.48 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.58, along with a K/9 of 8.79.

Athletics hitters have slashed .247/.321/.428 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game against divisional foes and 7.8 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been sparked by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien. Lowrie is slashing .280/.358/.487 with 17 home runs, 65 RBIs and 46 runs scored. Semien (.252/.312/.369) has produced seven homers, 38 RBIs, 56 runs and 10 stolen bases.

For the home team, Texas pitching staff has given up 5.3 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.39 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.08 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 8.2 K/9. In 42 games against AL West foes, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.28 and the bullpens ERA is 4.51.

The Texas offense has produced 4.4 runs per outing, including 3.7 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has hit .271/.347/.475 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have led the Rangers hitters this year. Choo is slashing .287/.402/.489 with 18 home runs, 44 RBIs and 57 runs scored, while Mazara’s line sits at .272/.332/.450 with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 46 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 0.9 units and are 18-16 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 16 of those games, as opposed to 14 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 6.3 units and are 32-37 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs cashed in 28 of those games, compared to 37 that went under.

Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in three of Oakland’s last seven contests.
  • The Athletics have won six of their last seven games SU while the Rangers have lost six of their last seven.
  • The Oakland defense has allowed three errors over the last 10 games, compared to 12 errors for Texas over its last 10.
  • The Athletics have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.