The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Texas Rangers have scored 6 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 7 of their last 9 games. The Rangers have won 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Rangers with 42 hits and 30 RBI, while Nathaniel Lowe and Jonah Heim have combined for 72 hits and 52 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Athletics have lost 21 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Esteury Ruiz leads the Athletics with 39 hits and 16 RBI, while Brent Rooker and Shea Langeliers have combined for 58 hits and 43 RBI. The Oakland Athletics didn’t announce a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
The Oakland Athletics didn't list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published, but it doesn't matter. Backing the A's isn't an option, as they're piling up the losses, and most of these losses aren't close. The Texas Rangers are a consistent offensive club, and Nathan Eovaldi is showing flashes of returning to the good pitcher he was a year or two ago. I'm not getting behind the A's no matter who is on the mound. Give me the Rangers and the RL for max betting value.