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Rangers vs. A's - 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-California, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday in Arlington in game one of their MLB series of AL West teams.

The Texas Rangers are in last place in the American League West and they have lost their last three games. The Rangers are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 2-7 at home, and they are seven games out in the American League West standings. As a team the Rangers are hitting .210 with Prince Fielder hitting .333, Leonys Martin hitting .236, and Elvis Andrus hitting .230. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.18 with the starters at 4.40 and the bullpen at 3.89. For game one against the A’s the Rangers start Colby Lewis who has allowed 24 hits and 10 runs while striking out 15 over 24 innings for a 1-2 record and a 3.75 ERA.

Rangers vs. A's - 5/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland A’s are rebuilding this season as they are already struggling. The A’s are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 5-5 on the road, and they are six games back in the AL West standings. As a team the A’s are hitting .265 with Stephen Vogt hitting .348, Ike Davis hitting .314, and Billy Butler hitting .287. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.59 with the starters at 3.12 and the bullpen at 4.50. For game one against the Rangers the A’s start Scot Kazmir who has allowed 15 hits and three runs while striking out 30 over 27.1 innings for a 2-0 record and a 0.99 ERA.

Texas is 2-5 in game one of a series, 1-6 in their last seven games, and 3-9 in Lewis’ last 12 home starts. Oakland is 5-2 in game one of a series, 1-6 as a favorite, and 2-5 in Kazmir’s last seven starts in game one of a series. Oakland is 10-3 in their last 13 games in Texas.

With the total set at 8.5 the under is clearly the play and it is my free pick here. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that pick in the Premium Area as well as on the App. As always all of my Premium Picks are also available for individual purchase at Picks and Parlays.

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Under 8.5

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