Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Matchup

Jose VasquezArticles, Baseball

The Oakland Athletics are playing host to their division rival Texas Rangers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California is in line to televise the action and the game is scheduled to get going at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Odds

Texas (-200) is the favorite against Oakland (+170) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Runline odds stand at +105 for taking the Rangers +1.5 runs and -115 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Athletics are 2-3 SU and 2-2 ATS. The team has lost 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.9 units against the spread (ATS). The Rangers are 1-4 SU and have gone 1-3 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 1.4 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going and 2.2 units ATS.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 3-1 in 2018. The Rangers have an over/under record of 2-2.

The Rangers have lost 3.0 units and are 0-3 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in two of those games, as opposed to one that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 1.1 units and are 1-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in zero of those games, compared to one that’ve cashed the under.

Left-hander Cole Hamels (0-1, 5.00 ERA) will get the nod for Texas. Hamels started 24 games last year while finishing the season 11-6 overall with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

The Athletics will put the ball in the hands of righty Kendall Graveman (0-1, 5.00 ERA), who started 19 games last year while finishing the season 6-4 overall with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.27, a WHIP of 1.21 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has recorded a solid ERA of just 2.29, a WHIP of 1.32 and a K/9 of 6.4. In five games against AL West foes, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.27 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.29.

Oakland’s hitters are putting up 3.4 runs per contest so far this season and the team has a slash-line of .240/.323/.368 to begin the year.

The Athletics’ offense has been led by Matt Chapman and Khris Davis. Chapman is slashing .333/.429/.722 with six hits, five RBIs and two runs scored, and Davis is batting .278 with five hits, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Chapman seemed to enjoy hitting at home last year. Over 165 plate appearances, he slashed .284/.352/.541 (compared to his total season line of .234/.313/.472).

For the visitors, Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.91 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 8.88 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 6.75, along with a WHIP of 1.42.

The Rangers offense has slashed .201/.274/.314 on its way to 2.4 runs scored per game this year.

Texas’ hitters have been led by Andrus Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is hitting .444/.524/.722 with eight hits, two RBIs and four runs scored, while Choo (.400/.471/.467) is up to six hits and zero RBIs.

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Athletics went 11-8 SU against the Rangers in 2017.
  • <li.The Athletics' bullpen managed an ERA of 4.01 against the Rangers last year.