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Athletics vs. Rangers - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (22-17) at Oakland Athletics (17-22)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C Hamels (4-0) (2.95) vs. E Surkamp (0-3) (6.54)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +130 / Texas Rangers -140 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW/CSCA

The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics play game two of their series Tuesday night.

The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Rangers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been consistent all year and they’ve won seven of their last eight when scoring more than three runs. Rougned Odor leads Texas with 44 hits, Adrian Beltre has 26 RBI and Ian Desmond has five home runs. Cole Hamels gets the nod, and he’s 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rangers - 5/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.90 and have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 43 hits, Khris Davis has 22 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Eric Surkamp takes the hill, and he’s 0-3 with a 6.55 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Surkamp’s second career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 17-4 in Hamels' last 21 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series and 8-22 in their last 30 home games. The Rangers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland.

I don't trust the Athletics at all, as the offense is inconsistent and the pitching staff allows a lot of runs. The Rangers are playing solid ball and have an ace on the hill in Hamels. I like Texas to take this game. 

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Texas Rangers -140

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