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Athletics vs. Rangers - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (39-25) at Oakland Athletics (27-36)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

M Perez (5-4) (3.22) vs. E Surkamp (0-3) (6.41)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -113 / Texas Rangers +103 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW/CSCA

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

The Texas Rangers look for another win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Texas Rangers offense continues to produce at a high level, and they’ve won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 76 hits, Nomar Mazara has 28 RBI and Adrian Beltre has 10 home runs. Martin Perez gets the nod, and he’s 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 43 strikeouts this season. Perez is 3-5 with a 5.81 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Rangers - 6/14/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for three straight victories for the first time since late May. The Athletics have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics offense scored 14 runs in Monday’s win, and they’ve won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 54 hits, Stephen Vogt has 16 RBI and Khris Davis has 15 home runs. Eric Surkamp takes the hill, and he’s 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Surkamp’s second career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 24-8 in their last 32 during game 2 of a series and 4-0 in Perezs last 4 starts. The Athletics are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 2 of a series and 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.

Both clubs are hitting the ball well right now, especially the Rangers who have been one of the top offensive teams in baseball. With Oakland coming off an impressive offensive performance and the fact neither of these pitchers are great, I'll side with the over in this spot. 

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Over 8.5

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