Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (52-67) at Texas Rangers (70-50)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Sean Manaea (4-7) (4.57) vs. Y Darvish (3-3) (2.77)
The Line: Texas Rangers -207 / Oakland Athletics +192 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics look to stay competitive in the American League West as they take on the Texas Rangers in Arlington on Wednesday after going to extras last night.
The A’s continue to be the thorn in the side of teams looking to make a push for the playoffs and while the Rangers look like they are in the clear as the likely AL West division champions they are still having to battle with a scrappy Oakland side that refuses to lay down. The A’s will send Sean Manaea to the mound who looks to improve on his respectable season as he is 4-7 with a 4.57 ERA but he has the unenviable task of taking on Yu Darvish who is 3-3 with a 2.77 ERA since coming off the disabled list to start the year. Oakland is but 52-67 this season but have always put their best effort forward and regardless of having a lackluster roster when it comes to star power they continue to do the small things well and they will be out to do that here against the Rangers.
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Texas meanwhile continues to play solid baseball and have the inside track on the top spot in the American League and have their sights set on the World Series this season. The Rangers have a very well balanced roster and can beat you in a number of different ways and with Darvish on the bump in this one you can bet they will be looking for a dominating effort on the mound and rely less on their bats to get it done.
The Athletics are 1-4 in their last five overall, 1-6 in their last seven road games, and 2-5 in their last seven against the AL West while the Rangers are 8-1 in their last nine against a team with a losing record, 4-1 in their last five during game three of a series, and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. Oakland is a tough out but they are overmatched here as the Rangers should cruise to a multi run win.