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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (90-63) at Oakland Athletics (66-86)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C Hamels (14-5) (3.42) vs. K Graveman (10-10) (4.21)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +138 / Texas Rangers -148 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers travel to the Oakland Coliseum to begin a series with the Oakland Athletics.

The Texas Rangers look like the kings of the American League West despite playing .500 baseball the pas few weeks. The Rangers saw their chance at sweeping the Angels go by the wayside in a 5-4 loss on Wednesday with their pitching and defense unable to hold up. Texas starter Derek Holland fell to 7-9 with all five runs allowed (five earned) on six hits and three BB over five frames. The Rangers posted eight hits and two walks with Carlos Beltran going deep and driving in two while Nomar Mazara knocked in two more. Cole Hamels draws the start in game one of the series with Oakland on Friday. Hamels did not get a decision in a 7-6 win last time out with six runs plated in six innings.

Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 9/23/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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With the regular season winding down, Oakland has gone from hot to cold with three consecutive defeats following a 6-5 loss to the visiting Astros. The work on the mound cost them with Athletics starter Daniel Mengdan falling to 2-8 with four runs allowed on six hits through 5.2 innings before Zach Neal gave up two more. The A’s mustered seven hits and four  walks with four players driving In runs while Chris PInder and Danny ValencIa each scoring twice.The Athletics hand  the ball to Kendall Graveman  who opposes Oakland for the second straight time. Graveman struggled in a 7-6 loss at Texas with four runs scored in 5.1 frames. 

Texas are 31-8 in Hamels' last 39 starts on grass and are 33-9 in Hamels' last 42 starts while going 16-6 in Hamels' last 22 road starts. The under is 6-2 in Oakland’s last 8 home games and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 overall while going  7-3 in their last 10 on grass. The over is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings in Oakland. These teams have a different lineup every night so  maybe the heavy over trend is the way to go…

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