Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/25/14
Oakland Athletics (63-38) at Texas Rangers (40-62)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (8-7) (3.346) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (3-5) (4.749)
The Line: Texas Rangers +153 / Oakland Athletics -163 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday in Arlington for game one of their series.
The Texas Rangers are having a tough year as they have been decimated by injuries. The Rangers are 18-30 at home, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last three games. As a team the Rangers are hitting .258 with Adrian Beltre hitting .322, Alex Rios hitting .299, and Rougned Odor is hitting .276. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.85 with the starters at 5.08 and the bullpen at 4.48. For game one against the A’s the Rangers start Jerome Williams who was released by Houston and was pitching in the Minors at Round Rock. Williams was 1-4 at Houston and 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA at Round Rock.
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The Oakland A’ s continue to lead the AL west with the best record in baseball. The A’s are 29-21 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team Oakland is hitting .253 with John Jaso hitting .284, Coco Crisp hitting .278, and Brandon Moss hitting .266. The Oakland pitching staff has an ERA of 3.13 with the starters at .318 nd the bullpen at 3.04. For game one against the Rangers the A’s start Jason Hammel who has lost his two decisions since being traded to Oakland. Since being traded to the Athletics Hammel has allowed 12 hits and seven runs while striking out five over 7.0 innings for a 0-2 record and a 9.00 ERA.
Texas is 7-22 in their last 29 home games, 14-38 in their last 52 games, and 0-5 in their last five home games against a team with a winning road record. Oakland is 12-5 in their last 17 games, 5-0 against a right-handed starter, and 3-6 in their last nine home games. Oakland is 5-1 in their last six games against Texas.
Even with the total as high as 9.5 I still like the over with these two pitchers and these teams swinging the bat. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.
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