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Rangers at Athletics - 6/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (30-27) at Oakland Athletics (23-36)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

N Martinez (4-2) (2.89) vs. S Gray (7-2) (1.65)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -189 / Texas Rangers +179 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-SW, CSN-CA

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

The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Rangers have won 12 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 80 hits and 40 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus have combined for 49 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last seven road games. Nick Martinez gets the nod, and he’s 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Martinez is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Rangers at Athletics - 6/9/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Athletics have won five of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Marcus Semien leads Oakland with 61 hits and 16 RBI while Josh Reddick and Stephen Vogt have combined for 71 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have split their last eight home games. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 7-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 73 strikeouts this season. Gray is 6-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 48 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 8-3 in Martinezs last 11 starts. The Athletics are 6-15 in their last 21 home games and 1-4 in Grays last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Athletics are 6-1 in Grays last 7 starts vs. Rangers and the Rangers are 4-1 in Martinezs last 5 starts vs. Athletics. 

Even with Gray on the hill, the Rangers have been a scoring machine for close to a month now and the A's have shown they can put runs on the board as well. This line is low due to the pitching matchup, but I like the value of the over with the way both teams are hitting the ball. 

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Over 7.5

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