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40-25 (16-15 V) Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics 27-37 (14-17 H)
Date: Thursday June16, 2016
Time: 3:35PM ET
Venue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Projected Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Daniel Mengden
MLB Moneyline Odds: Rangers -125
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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You might not have notices but the Rangers have the best record in the AL and second best in the Majors (tied). They will be looking to continue to build their cushion in the West against last place Oakland. The A’s are doing their usual bit of trying to find the right mix for a surprise future playoff run. So don’t be surprised if they put out names you are not familiar with.
Without much fanfare the Rangers have climbed to the top of the American League standing.
At the plate they are sixth in the league in runs per game thanks to the combination of the familiar (Adrian Beltre) and not (Nomar Mazara).
With Prince Fielder struggling they have a chance to be one of the deepest lineups in the game when everything is clicking and have succeeded by riding several hot bats over the course of the season.
Colby Lewis has been their most consistent starter thus far, leading the team in with ERA of 3.00. He has a perfect 5-0 record and the Rangers are 9-4 when he starts, best among their starting rotation.
I am not a huge fan but you can’t knock the results – he won 17 games a year ago.
Amazingly Texas has one of the worst bullpen ERAs in the league and has still been able to win at this impressive rate. Some of that is skewed by
Oakland is right where most thought they would be.
They are in last place but they are a respectable last place team if there is such a thing. The Oakland lineup is not very intimidating.
Khris Davis is the only source of regular power and they are struggling with Josh Reddick on the shelf, which is a shame because he was off to a really good start.
This lineup can be navigated relatively easily.
This will be just the second Major League start for Mengden so we don’t have a ton to go on.
His minor league numbers were good, hence the call up, but he is far from an ace in the making.
He has made a quick rise from college to the show. The Oakland bullpen is unheralded but with a ranking in the middle of the league they may be the strength of the club.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in TEX last 9 road games.
- TEX are 7-2 in their last 9 Thu. games.
- TEX are 18-6 in their last 24 overall.
- OAK are 2-8 in their last 10 overall.
- OAK are 2-8 in their last 10 games on grass.
- Under is 6-2 in OAK last 8 overall.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Texas is playing well and will be looking to exit Oakland with a win. It is hard to bet against Colby Lewis this season, whether he is factoring in the decision or not the Rangers are coming out on top a lot.
I am often a fan of backing a rookie when he is facing a team for the first time. This will be his first home start in the Majors and he should be pretty psyched and ready to go. His numbers from his first go were pretty positive.
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The A’s will be the underdogs so you get a chance to capitalize on some good value here. Texas may win with Lewis but he doesn’t dominate so Oakland can score just enough.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 4 – Texas 3
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