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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

Oakland Athletics (86-73) at Texas Rangers (66-93)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Scott Kazmir (L) (14-9) (3.633) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (5-9) (4.228)

The Line: Texas Rangers +150 / Oakland Athletics -160 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CA, TXA-21

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers will play Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Oakland Athletics have lost three straight games and are starting to feel the pressure to lock up a playoff spot. The lack of offense continues to hurt the Athletics, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The A’s have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Josh Donaldson has gotten on base in eight of his last 10 games and Derek Norris has hit safely in seven of his last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 3.25, which is fourth in the majors. Starting is Scott Kazmir, who is 14-9 with a 3.63 ERA and has 159 strikeouts in 183.1 innings. Kazmir is 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 career starts against the Rangers.

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/26/14

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The Texas Rangers have won 12 of their last 13 games and have pulled within 27 games of a .500 record. The difference for the Rangers during this stretch has been a pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in 12 of their last 13 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.52, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve won 13 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and Robinson Chirinos has hit in eight of his last nine games. Nick Tepesch gets the ball, and he’s 5-10 with a 4.14 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 121.2 innings. Tepesch is 1-2 with a 5.76 ERA in six career games against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 2-5 in Kazmirs last 7 road starts and 9-2 in Kazmirs last 11 starts as a road favorite. The Rangers are 12-30 in their last 42 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Tepeschs last 6 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. 

While the Athletics need the victory and may find a way to get it, you'd be insane to turn down the hottest team in baseball at these odds. Keep riding the hot hand until it stops paying.

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