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(90-63) Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (66-86)
Date: Friday September 23, 2016
Time: 9:35 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Projected Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Kendall Graveman
MLB Moneyline Odds: Texas -145
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Friday will be the first of a four game series between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics.
The Rangers fell to the Angels 5-4 in Arlington Wednesday night while the A’s lost 6-5 against the Houston Astros, resulting in a sweep. Oakland was able to win 2-3 during the last series between these two American League West September 16-18.
The Athletics have lost 4 out of their last six after being swept by the Houston Astros.
Oakland was only able to come up with seven hits Wednesday night as a team, with each of them coming from a different player. Friday will be the 30th start for Kendall Graveman as he looks for his 11th win of the season.
In 173.1 innings, he has a 4.21 ERA and a 1.333 WHIP. Graveman hasn’t been able to find the win column in his last four starts on the mound.
He has a record of 1-1 in 15.2 innings throughout his career against the Rangers with a 7.47 ERA and 1.66 WHIP.
The magic number was 2 for the Texas Rangers on Thursday to become the American League West champs.
They also had the lead for the best record in the American league with a one game lead over the Cleveland Indians and a game and a half lead over the Boston Red Sox.
This gives them all the more reason to come up with at least a couple wins the next few days in Oakland.
Cole Hamels will be on the mound looking for his 15th win of the season Friday. Throughout his 186.2 innings of work this season, he has a 3.42 ERA and a 1.318 WHIP.
He has only been able to win two out of last nine and hasn;t won in his last four starts. In his last start, which just happened to be against Oakland last Friday, Hamels gave up 6 runs on 7 hits in six innings on the hill.
The Rangers were able to score two runs in the ninth inning to rally for the 7-6 win.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Oakland is 6-2 during their last 8 games when their opponent gave up at least 5 runs in their previous game.
- The Athletics are 6-2 in their last 8 after scoring at least 5 runs in their previous matchup.
- The Rangers are 3-9 throughout their last 12 on the road against a team with a home record under .500.
- Texas is 2-5 throughout their last seven when their opponents have scored at least 5 runs in their previous game.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Texas needs to continue winning if their goal is to have the best record in the American league.
It will be a difficult decision whether or not to go out this weekend full throttle or to let some of the players to get some rest before the start of the postseason
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I like the Rangers in this one. This series will give them an opportunity to start building some momentum as they get ready to head into the postseason.
Hamels hasn’t been himself lately and this will give him a chance to work some end of the season kinks and get back to form.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Rangers 7-4 Athletics
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