Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Matchup

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The Oakland Athletics will head east to Globe Life Park to face off against their divisional foe Texas Rangers. NBC Sports – California will broadcast the action. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Odds

Oakland (-120) is hosting this game as the favorite against Texas (+110) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 10 runs (-110 for both the over and the under). Runline odds sit at +125 for taking the Athletics -1.5 runs and -145 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Athletics have gone 11-11 SU this year and are 9-12 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.0 unit for moneyline gamblers through the early part of the year and 5.0 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 8-15 SU and 8-14 ATS. The team’s lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors and 9.4 units ATS.

Texas games have an over/under record of 10-11-1 thus far in 2018. Athletics games have gone over 12 times, gone under eight times and pushed on one occasion.

Trevor Cahill is getting the start for Oakland. The right-handed Cahill is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and eight strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (1-0, 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts over 5.1 innings).

The Rangers are sending lefty Matt Moore (1-3, 5.59 ERA) to the mound. Moore has 15 strikeouts and nine walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.71. Moore only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (0-1, 7.20 ERA and four strikeouts across five innings).

Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.9 runs per game and its starters own a 4.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 7.23 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.86, along with a WHIP of 1.20 and a K/9 of 7.37.

Athletics hitters have slashed .269/.348/.443 on their way to 5.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Oakland’s offensive production been powered by second baseman Jed Lowrie and third baseman Matt Chapman, who collectively have launched 11 home runs. Lowrie is hitting .351/.402/.606 with six home runs, 23 RBIs and 12 runs scored, while Chapman is hitting .284 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

Putting up a slash line of .203/.301/.359 across 73 plate appearances, Lowrie seemed to take a step back when hitting lefty pitching on the road in 2017 (compared to his total season line of .277/.360/.448).

In the home-team dugout, Texas’ pitching staff has given up 5.2 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have an ERA of 5.10, a WHIP of 1.50 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 4.18 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 8.6 K/9. In 17 games against AL West opponents, Rangers starters have an ERA of 4.70 and the bullpen’s ERA is 5.06.

Texas’ hitters are putting up 3.7 runs per outing, including 3.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team’s hit .256/.352/.405 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have led the Rangers’ batters so far. Andrus is hitting .327/.426/.500 with 17 hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored, while Choo’s line is .247/.320/.483 with five homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs.

The Athletics have lost 3.9 units and are 3-5 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to four that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have lost 0.2 units and are 7-9 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in six of those games, compared to nine that went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Athletics have won six of their last seven games SU.
  • Texas has posted 19.8 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 22.2 over its last five.
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  • Athletics have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 14 over their last 10.