Athletics vs. Rangers - 9/24/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (91-63) at Oakland Athletics (66-87)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Y Darvish (5-5) (3.81) vs. Raul Alcantara (1-1) (5.65)
The Line: Oakland Athletics / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics play game two of their series Saturday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning eight of their last 13 games. The Rangers have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers offense has been hit or miss recently, and they’ve won five of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Ian Desmond leads Texas with 173 hits, Adrian Beltre has 100 RBI and Rougned Odor has 31 home runs. Yu Darvish gets the ball, and he’s 5-5 with a 3.81 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Darvish is 2-9 with a 5.07 ERA and 92 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Athletics have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.51 and have lost 10 of their last 13 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 132 hits, Danny Valencia has 51 RBI and Marcus Semien has 26 home runs. Raul Alcantara takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Alcantara’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 43-17 in their last 60 during game 2 of a series and 4-9 in Darvishs last 13 road starts. The Athletics are 8-20 in their last 28 vs. American League West and 0-6 in their last 6 home games. The Rangers are 2-10 in Darvishs last 12 starts vs. Athletics.
The Rangers may start to take their foot off the gas a bit now that they clinched their division, and Darvish has had little to zero career success against the A's. Alcantara has also been decent in his last two starts. I like Oakland at home with the quick turnaround.