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Rangers vs. Athletics - 9/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (60-80) at Texas Rangers (73-65)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

J Chavez (7-14) (4.17) vs. C Lewis (14-8) (4.68)

The Line: Texas Rangers -155 / Oakland Athletics +145 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCA/FSSW

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

The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Athletics have split their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Billy Burns leads Oakland with 138 hits and 36 RBI while Brett Lawrie and Marcus Semien have combined for 93 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have lost seven of their last 10 road games. Jesse Chavez gets the ball, and he’s 7-14 with a 4.17 ERA and 130 strikeouts this season. Chavez is 2-1 with a 5.70 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

Rangers vs. Athletics - 9/11/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Rangers have lost five of their last seven when scoring three or less runs. Prince Fielder leads Texas with 160 hits and 73 RBI while Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre have combined for 101 RBI. The Texas Rangers have won four straight home games. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 14-8 with a 4.68 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Lewis is 9-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 124 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 5-12 in their last 17 during game 1 of a series and 8-18 in Chavezs last 26 starts. The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 Friday games and 6-1 in Lewis' last 7 starts during game 1 of a series. The Athletics are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Texas and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings overall.

The A's are back in one of those slumps and are looking froward to the offseason. Meanwhile, Lewis has been solid for the Rangers and Texas has been hot at home lately. Look for the Rangers to continue to beat up the Athletics. 

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