Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (52-66) at Texas Rangers (69-50)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
R Detwiler (1-0) (2.13) vs. M Perez (7-8) (4.22)
The Line: Texas Rangers -160 / Oakland Athletics +150 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-Southwest
The Oakland Athletics open a series at the rival Texas Rangers in AL West action Monday.
The Oakland Athletics can be hot and cold and inconsistent which has cost them a shot at the playoffs. The Athletics had won four of six before their pitching failed them in an 8-4 loss to visiting Seattle Sunday. A’s starter Zach Neal took the loss with five runs allowed on eight hits over 5.1 frames before Daniel Coulombe gave up three more in 2.2 innings. Oakland mustered eight hits with Khris Davis, Brett Eibner and Ryon Healy each going deep and driving in all four runs. Left hander Ross Detwiler makes just his second start of the season and first ever versus the Rangers. In his lone start, Detwiler defeated Baltimore 1-0 with eight scoreless innings.
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The Texas Rangers have been red hot the last few weeks as they inch closer to wrapping up the AL West. The Rangers had won seven of ten but were completely shutdown in a 7-0 loss to visiting Detroit on Sunday afternoon. Nothing went favorably for the Rangers with starter AJ Griffin charged with six runs on eleven hits including three homers over 6.2 innings. Texas was held to four hits with Adrian Beltre going 2-4.The Rangers are slated to send Martin Perez to the hill to oppose Oakland for the 4th time this year. Perez comes off of a 5-4 win versus Colorado (ND) with a run scoring in 5.2 frames.
Oakland are 8-1 in their last 9 Monday games and the under is 6-2 in their last 8 overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 on grass. The under is 10-2-2 in the Rangers last 14 overall and is 10-2-2 in their last 14 on grass while Texas are 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The over is 18-7-2 in the last 27 meetings and Oakland are 18-7 in the last 25 meetings in Texas. I have no idea what to expect from Detwiler and if I had to take a side I would go over…