Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Texas Rangers are ready to face off against their divisional rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will televise the action.

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Odds

Vegas is listing Oakland (-215) as the favorite over Texas (+195). The total is sitting at 9 runs and gamblers can take the over for -120 or the under for even money (+100). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the odds standing at Rangers +1.5 runs (-110) and Athletics -1.5 runs (-110).

The Athletics are 86-57 straight up (SU) and 76-66 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 33.7 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 9.3 units (ATS). Oakland has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven. The Rangers are 61-81 SU and have gone 69-72 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 3.9 units for moneyline bettors and 7.0 units ATS. Texas is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Oakland games have an over/under record of 65-68-9 in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 66-65-10.

Jeffrey Springs is the probable starter for Texas. Springs is 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with three strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the right hand of Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.60 ERA, 1.16 WHIP), who has 92 strikeouts and 34 walks. Cahill is 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 7.20 ERA across two starts against Texas this year.

Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.47 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.30 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.30, along with a WHIP of 1.45.

The Rangers offense has slashed .244/.326/.413 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game this season, including 4.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Shin-soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have paced Texas’ offense. Choo is hitting .273/.385/.457 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 79 runs scored, while Mazara has a .272 average with 20 homers, 73 RBIs and 57 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have given up 4.2 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 4.15 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.1 K/9. In 66 divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.22 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.61.

The Oakland offense has put up 4.8 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game against divisional foes and 6.2 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .258/.346/.491 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics’ offense has been led by shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie. Semien is hitting .261/.326/.388 with 12 home runs, 55 RBIs, 81 runs and 14 stolen bases, and Lowrie’s line is .274/.359/.464 with 21 homers, 89 RBIs and 67 runs.

The Rangers have gained 1.1 units and are 48-46 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 42 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under against -handed starting pitchers.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in five of Texas’ last seven outings.
  • The Rangers have lost four of their last five games SU while the Athletics have taken five of their last six.
  • Texas has recorded 21.9 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 18.8 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 14 over their last 10.