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Athletics at Rangers - 5/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (9-13) at Texas Rangers (7-14)

MLB Baseball: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

S Kazmir (2-0) (0.99) vs. C Lewis (1-2) (3.75)

The Line: Texas Rangers +123 / Oakland Athletics -133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CA, FSN-SW

The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers begin a three-game series late Friday night.

The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Athletics have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Athletics have lost 12 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Marcus Semien and Billy Butler have combined for 50 hits and 24 RBI while Stephen Vogt has 15 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have split their last six games on the road. Scott Kazmir gets the ball, and he’s 2-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Kazmir is 10-5 with a 3.12 ERA and 110 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Athletics at Rangers - 5/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored just four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Rangers have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 28 hits and 10 RBI while Mitch Moreland and Rougned Odor have combined for 17 RBI. The Texas Rangers have lost four straight games on their home field. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Lewis is 9-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 113 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 23-9 in Kazmirs last 32 starts as a favorite. The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 4-9 in Lewis' last 13 starts. The Athletics are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings in Texas.

You see Kazmir's career numbers against the Rangers? Yeah, I'll have some of that. Look for Oakland to bounce back after a tough Thursday loss to the Angels. 

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Oakland Athletics -133

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