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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/28/14

Oakland Athletics (15-9) at Texas Rangers (15-9)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Sonny Gray (R) (3-1) (2.250) vs. Yu Darvish (R) (1-0) (1.607)

The Line: Texas Rangers -150 / Oakland Athletics +140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, ESPN

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers play game one of a three-game series on Monday. The Rangers swept the Athletics earlier in the season.

The Athletics split a four-game series against the Houston Astros and have lost five of their last seven games. The A’s are just going through a cold spell where neither their pitching staff or lineup can get on the same page. Still, the Athletics have two 20 RBI players in Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss, while the rotation has allowed three or less runs in 15 of the first 25 games. Taking the mound Monday will be Sonny Gray, who is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA and has struck out 31 batters in 32 innings. Gray allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings in his only career start against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 4/28/14

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While the A’s are experiencing a little slump, the Rangers are red hot with wins in nine of their last 12 games. The Rangers star batting lineup has produced five or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. Alex Rios has nine hits in his last six games and Prince Fielder has gotten on base in 10 straight games. With that type of run support, the Rangers should be in good shape with Yu Darvish on the mound. Darvish is 1-0 with a 1.61 ERA and has 29 strikeouts in 28 innings. However, Darvish is 1-6 with a 4.32 ERA in eight career starts against the Athletics. 

The Athletics are 5-1 in Gray's last 6 starts vs. American League West and 8-3 in Gray's last 11 starts. The Rangers are 4-0 in Darvish's last 4 starts as a home favorite and 7-0 in Darvish's last 7 starts. The Rangers are 1-6 in Darvish's last 7 starts vs. Athletics.

We’re getting some serious value with the Athletics here. Not only has Gray been terrific to begin the season, but no team has lit up Darvish in his career like the A’s.

Here’s to hoping that continues, as we’re on the Athletics and the plus money. 

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Oakland Athletics +140

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