Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 5/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (21-16) at Oakland Athletics (16-22)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
D Holland (3-2) (6.09) vs. Sean Manaea (0-1) (11.37)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -105 / Texas Rangers -115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, CSCA
The O.co Coliseum will be alive once again Monday evening, as the MLB brings us the opener of an early-week matchup between the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics.
The Rangers are coming off a weekend series against the Blue Jays. Texas and Toronto split the first two games, and then in the rubber match on Sunday the Rangers scored four times in the seventh inning on the way to a 7-6 victory.
Meanwhile, the A’s met up with the Rays over the weekend. Tampa and Oakland also split the first two games of their series. On Sunday, the Athletics scored two runs in the ninth inning to squeeze out a 7-6 win as well.
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For Monday’s game, the Rangers are scheduled to start left-hander Derek Holland. It’s been a shaky campaign for Holland over his seven starts and 3-2 record thus far, as he’s contributed a 6.09 ERA with a 1.56 WHIP in 34 innings. On Tuesday in his last outing, Holland gave up four earned on eight hits in just 2.1 innings against the White Sox.
Texas has several notable names in the meaty part of their batting order. Rougned Odor has had a breakout year so far with 44 hits, seven homers and 27 runs. Adrian Beltre leads the pack with 26 RBI and 39 hits. Beltre bagged a solo homer on Sunday. The speedy Ian Desmond has plated 28 runs on his 37 hits. Desmond collected four RBI with a home run in Sunday’s game.
The Athletics will be whipping out left-hander Sean Manaea in Monday’s game. So far this year, Manaea carries a bloated 11.37 ERA with a 2.05 WHIP across three starts and 12.2 innings for an 0-1 record. On Tuesday, Manaea was destroyed for eight runs in 2.2 innings against the Red Sox.
The Oakland lineup has been a little spotty this year, but there are some notable names present. Josh Reddick leads the team on 42 hits with 17 RBI and 16 runs. Khris Davis has popped eight homers with 21 RBI, but is hitting just .217 after whiffing on Sunday. In similar form, Marcus Semien has slapped nine homers with 17 RBI but his BA sits at only .217 as well. Semien was 1-for-2 on Sunday.
The Rangers are 35-17 in Holland’s last 52 starts against the American League West, but 1-5 in Holland’s last six road starts.
As for the Athletics, they’re 0-7 in their last seven Monday games and 1-5 in their last six home games against a left-handed starter.
The O.co Coliseum is notoriously pitcher-friendly, so you might be tempted to take the under here. With the way Holland and Manaea have been pitching, it’s hard to imagine the under coming in. Holland is the lesser of two evils, though, so I’ll give the winning edge to Texas.