Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Oakland Athletics (87-73) at Texas Rangers (66-94)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (7-12) (2.878) vs. Derek Holland (L) (2-0) (1.311)
The Line: Texas Rangers / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, FSN-SW
The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers will play Saturday night at the Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Oakland Athletics have split their last eight games and aren’t exactly entering October the way any team would like. The Athletics continue to struggle to produce runs, scoring three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The A’s have lost six of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Josh Reddick has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Josh Donaldson has three hits in this series. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 3.24, which is third in the majors. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 7-12 with a 2.88 ERA and has 193 strikeouts in 212.2 innings. This will Samardzija’s second career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers have won 12 of their last 14 games and are at least ending the season on a positive note. The Rangers pitching staff has been lights out the last two weeks, allowing three or less runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.50, which is 28th in the majors, and they’ve won 13 straight when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has three hits in this series and Elvis Andrus has hit in seven of his last 10 games. Derek Holland gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA and has 24 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. Holland is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 17 career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 4-12 in their last 16 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Samardzijas last 5 starts overall. The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series and 5-0 in Hollands last 5 home starts. The Rangers are 7-2 in Hollands last 9 starts vs. Athletics.
There's no line on this game at the time of this article. However, I'm assuming that the A's are going to be huge favorites as usual. I'll take the Rangers here given the value simply because they've been red hot the last few weeks and it certainly beats paying crazy money backing an inconsistent A's squad.