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Athletics vs. Rangers - 5/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (22-18) at Oakland Athletics (18-22)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

M Perez (1-3) (3.23) vs. R Hill (5-3) (2.68)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -143 / Texas Rangers +133 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW

The Oakland Athletics look to sweep the Texas Rangers early Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers look for consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been very consistent and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Rougned Odor leads Texas with 46 hits, Adrian Beltre has 27 RBI and Ian Desmond has six home runs. Martin Perez gets the nod, and he’s 1-3 with a 3.23 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Perez is 3-4 with a 5.93 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rangers - 5/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics offense has been hit or miss this season and have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 44 hits, Khris Davis has 28 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Rich Hill takes the hill, and he’s 5-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. Hill has just 0.2 career innings against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League West and 2-9 in Perezs last 11 starts. The Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 4-1 in Hills last 5 starts. The over is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings in Oakland.

The Athletics have the advantage at home on a quick turnaround, and they'll be feeling great after winning Tuesday on a walkoff home run. The Rangers just suffered a major gut punch. Give me Oakland at home. 

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Oakland Athletics -143

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