Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/26/14
Oakland Athletics (63-38) at Texas Rangers (40-62)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Sonny Gray (R) (11-3) (2.720) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (3-5) (4.749)
The Line: Texas Rangers +174 / Oakland Athletics -184 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-SW
The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers take the field once again on Saturday.
The Athletics are 4-3 since the All Star break and 24 games above a .500 record. The Athletics offense just couldn’t get much of anything going in Friday’s loss, striking out four times and scoring just one run on seven hits. With the way the A’s have scored runs this season, you should expect a different outcome today. Josh Donaldson has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Brandon Moss has a nine-game hitting streak. Pitching wise, the Athletics have an ERA of 3.11, the best in all of baseball. Starting is Sonny Gray, who is 11-3 with a 2.72 ERA and has 116 strikeouts in 132.1 innings. Gray is 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.
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The Rangers are 3-5 since the All Star break and 21 games below a .500 record. Holding the A’s to one run on Friday was quite an accomplishment for a Rangers pitching staff that has the 29th worst ERA in the majors at 4.84. However, the Rangers have allowed two or less runs in four of their last five games. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has hit safely in seven of his last nine games. Nick Tepesch takes the hill, and he’s 3-6 with a 4.87 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 61 innings. Tepesch is 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA in four career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-0 in Grays last 6 starts as a favorite and 8-2 in Grays last 10 road starts. The Rangers are 1-4 in Tepeschs last 5 starts and 0-4 in Tepeschs last 4 starts as an underdog.
Baseball is such an up-and-down sport to the point anybody can win a single game. That's why I'm taking the Rangers in this spot with the insane value. Texas is at home and has a good enough lineup to score some runs. This is a shot in the dark, but the value is clearly there.