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2018 MLB Season
(1-4) Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics (2-3)
Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 10:05 PM ET
Venue: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland California
Projected Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Sean Manaea
MLB Moneyline Odds: Oakland -142
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Oakland -1.5 (+150)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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In his first start of the season Fister was able to go five innings giving up one earned run on four hits, while also striking out three and walking three. It wasn’t a great start for Fister, but he found a way to keep the base runners from tagging home.
Over his career he owns a 3.68 ERA and 3.80 FIP. He doesn’t strike many batters out (6.17 K/9), but he does a good job limiting the free bases (2.09 BB/9) and home runs (0.85 HR/9). Since he isn’t able to blow by batters, he needs to rely on his craft to induce ground balls as he has a career GB% of 48.4%.
It is has been a rough start for Texas slashing .201/.271/.314 in their first five games while only averaging 2.2 runs per game. Versus Manaea, Texas actually hits well slashing .316/.361/.421 in 114 at-bats, but they have only produced nine RBI while striking out 26 times.
If you don’t know who Sean Manaea is then it’s time you recognize him. The lefty was able to put in 7.2 innings of work giving up one earned run on four hits while striking out seven.
Last year the young pitcher posted a 4.37 ERA and 4.10 FIP while collecting 12 wins. He did alright with strikeouts (7.94 K/9), while he did an even better job limiting the free bases (3.12 BB/9) and home runs (1.02 HR/9).
His .318 BABIP was a little unlucky considering he induces a nice balance of ground balls to fly balls. Also, if he can improve on the 14.8% Soft% hits then he we should see a decrease in the 4.37 ERA from last year.
Oakland has been mediocre to start the season slashing .240/.323/.368 while smacking 14 extra-base hits and 17 RBI. Versus Fister, Oakland’s lineup has been average slashing .240/.271/.400 while hitting eight extra base hits and 14 RBI in 100 at-bats.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- TEX are 7-3 in their last 10 Wed. games.
- TEX are 1-10 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland.
- OAK are 11-5 in their last 16 home games.
- Under is 15-7-1 in OAK last 23 overall.
- Under is 15-7-1 in OAK last 23 on grass.
- Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Free Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction: Sean Manaea bends but doesn’t break against Texas
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Oakland -1.5
I expect Oakland’s lineup to give Manaea enough run support while he contains this struggling Texas lineup.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 7 – Texas 3
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