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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 9/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (91-63) at Oakland Athletics (66-87)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C Lewis (6-3) (3.40) vs. Jharel Cotton (1-0) (1.50)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -108 / Texas Rangers -102 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


Over at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday, the Athletics will be welcoming in the Texas Rangers as the teams conclude their weekend MLB series. 

In Friday’s opener, the Rangers bagged a 3-0 victory. On Saturday, Texas made it two in a row with a 5-0 win. 

Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 9/25/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Pitching for the Rangers on Sunday will be RHP Colby Lewis. Over 17 games and a 6-3 record this year, Lewis holds a 3.40 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP in 108.2 innings. In a loss against the A’s his last time out, Lewis went 5.1 innings with three hits and three earned. 

Texas has some notable hitters atop their order. Ian Desmond has bagged 173 hits with 105 runs, 22 homers and 84 RBI. Adrian Beltre sits on 168 hits with 85 runs, 31 homers and 100 RBI. Rougned Odor has logged 160 hits with 87 runs, 31 homers and 85 RBI so far. 

Over on the A’s side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jharel Cotton in the starting role Sunday. Over three starts and a 1-0 record, Cotton holds a 1.50 ERA with a 0.78 WHIP in 18 innings. Cotton put up a no-decision against Houston his last time out, going six innings with two hits and one earned. 

The A’s have some nice bats in their lineup as well. Khris Davis has put up 133 hits with 82 runs, 40 homers and 99 RBI. Danny Valencia sits on 130 hits with 72 runs and 51 RBI. Marcus Semien has hit 125 times with 67 runs, 26 homers and 70 RBI. 

The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six Sunday games, and 0-6 in their last six game threes of a series. Texas is also 4-1 in Lewis’ last five road starts, and 0-7 in Lewis’ last seven Sunday starts. 

As for the Athletics, they’re 4-10 in their last 14 Sunday games, and 0-8 in their last eight home games. Oakland is also 0-5 in their last five overall, and 0-6 in their last six at home against a right-handed starter. 

There’s not much here to get excited about, but I’ll take Oakland for the victory. Cotton should be able to hold things down in the starting role, and the A’s just need to find some offense.

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