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

Texas Rangers (41-25) at Oakland Athletics (27-38)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C Lewis (5-0) (3.00) vs. Daniel Mengden (0-1) (3.17)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -120 / Texas Rangers +110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSW

The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics end their four-game series Thursday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Rangers have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in four straight games. The Texas Rangers offense continues to rake, and they’ve won 12 of their last 15 games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 81 hits, Elvis Andrus has 26 RBI and Nomar Mazara has 10 home runs. Colby Lewis gets the nod, and he’s 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. Lewis is 11-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 131 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

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

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The Oakland Athletics are desperate for a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Athletics have allowed 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.72 and have lost seven of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Billy Burns leads Oakland with 57 hits, Danny Valencia has 26 RBI and Khris Davis has 15 home runs. Daniel Mengden takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 11-3 in their last 14 vs. American League West and 6-0 in Lewis' last 6 starts. The Athletics are 7-20 in their last 27 Thursday games and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series. The Rangers are 5-2 in Lewis' last 7 starts vs. Athletics.

I've been backing the Rangers for a while and it's paid off big during this long winning stretch. The A's are falling apart before our eyes and why they're a favorite here is a mystery to everybody. I'll gladly take the better team and the slight plus money.

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Texas Rangers +110

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