Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (60-81) at Texas Rangers (74-66)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
S Nolin (0-1) (4.50) vs. Y Gallardo (12-9) (3.16)
The Line: Texas Rangers -166 / Oakland Athletics +156 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, FS-Southwest
The Texas Rangers and he Oakland A’s face off on Saturday in game two of their MLB series.
The Texas Rangers continue to set their sites on the post season whether it be as the American League West champions or as one of the American League Wildcard teams. The Rangers appear to be a resilient as they come as they seem to lose top notch talent year after year and with just one down year in between, last season, they continue to win. Prince Fielder paces the Rangers in hitting while Shin-Soo Choo has come on string of late and mainstays Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre continue to contribute. The addition of Cole Hamels to the pitching staff has moved everyone down a lot in the rotation and given every pitcher a better matchup and meanwhile Hamels has gotten it done as the number one. For Saturday’s game Yovani Gallardo stats for the Rangers and in his last nine starts he has five wins and four no decisions with the Rangers losing just one of those games. Gallardo has a 3.16 ERA for the season and it has dipped to 2.30 over his last three starts.
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The Oakland A’s have been getting it done with less, both talent and payroll wise, for many years but this season it has clearly been a rebuilding year. The A’s unloaded most of their high profile and high payroll players in the off-season following last season’s late collapse. Billy Burns leads the Athletics in hitting while veterans Josh Reddick, Brett Lawrie, and Billy Butler have held their own. The A’s bullpen has been the problem with their ERA at 4.56. For Saturday’s game the A’s start Sean Nolin who makes his second start for the A’s after having just one appearance in each of his first two seasons, both of those with Toronto. Nolin allowed three runs and five hits over six innings in his last start losing to the Mariners.
Texas is 4-0 in game two of a series, 5-2 in their last seven home games against a left-handed starter, and 5-0 in Gallardo’s last five starts. Oakland is 2-7 in their last nine games, 5-2 against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in their last five games against a right-handed starter. Oakland is 5-1 in their last six meetings with Texas.
I smell a blow out and ht play here is the run line with the Rangers in an easy one.