Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

The Texas Rangers will head west to face their divisional foe Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The game gets underway 7:05 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will be airing the action.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Oakland (+140) is the underdog against Texas (-160) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at nine runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +100 for the under and -120 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds coming in at Rangers +1.5 runs (+135) and Athletics -1.5 runs (-145).

The Athletics are 1-3 SU and 2-1 ATS. The team’s lost 1.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.5 units against the spread (ATS). The Rangers have gone 1-3 SU this year and are 1-2 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 0.3 units for moneyline gamblers over the early part of the season and 1.1 units ATS.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of two-1 in 2018. Rangers games have gone under two times, gone over once and pushed on zero occasions.

The Rangers have lost 2.0 units and are 0-2 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has cashed in one of those games, compared to one that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 0.1 units and are 1-1 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in two of those games, as opposed to zero which went under the total.

Bartolo Colon will get the start for Texas. The right-handed Colon started 28 games last year and finished the season 7-14 overall with a 6.48 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

The Athletics are rolling with righty Andrew Triggs as their starter. Triggs started 12 games last year while finishing the season 5-6 overall with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitchers have yielded 5.5 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have a 6.04 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 5.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.87, a WHIP of 1.34 and a K/9 of 5.7. In four divisional games, Athletics starters have an ERA of 6.04 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.87.

The Oakland hitters have put up 3.5 runs per contest, including 3.5 per game against divisional foes and 3.5 per game over their last five. The team has hit .229/.316/.350 over its last five contests and is 1-3 SU during that stretch.

Khris Davis and Matt Chapman have led the Athletics’ hitters this year. Davis is hitting .286/.412/.643 with four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored, and Chapman’s line is .286/.412/.571 with four hits and four RBIs.

Chapman appeared to enjoy facing right-handed pitchers at home in 2017, slashing .308/.373/.598 across 118 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of .234/.313/.472).

In the visiting dugout, Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.66 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.78 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 6.48, along with a K/9 of 9.72.

Rangers hitters have slashed .202/.272/.347 on their way to 2.8 runs scored per game this season, including 2.8 runs per game against divisional foes and 2.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-3 SU).

Texas’ offense has been led by Andrus Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is slashing .538/.625/.923 with seven hits, two RBIs and four runs scored, while Choo (.364/.417/.455) is up to four hits and zero RBI.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The Rangers went 8-11 SU against the Athletics last season.
  • The Rangers’ bullpen posted an ERA of 3.23 against the Athletics last year.