The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers clash Saturday in game 2 of an MLB series at Globe Life Field. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Oakland Athletics Betting Preview
The Athletics look for a win after winning 5 of their last 7 games. The Athletics have the second-worst record in baseball at 44-97. The Athletics pitching staff is 29th in ERA (5.59), 30th in WHIP (1.53) and 30th in quality starts (27). The Athletics offense is 30th in runs per game (3.70), 30th in batting average (.225) and 22nd in homers (149). Esteury Ruiz leads the Athletics with 102 hits and 42 RBI, while Brent Rooker and Shea Langeliers have combined for 178 hits and 108 RBI. The Athletics didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.
Texas Rangers Betting Preview
The Rangers look to snap a 4-game losing streak. The Rangers are 3 games back in the AL West. The Rangers pitching staff is 17th in ERA (4.32), 13th in WHIP (1.27) and 10th in quality starts (59). The Rangers' offense is 3rd in runs per game (5.46), 2nd in batting average (.266) and 7th in homers (197). Marcus Semien leads the Rangers with 160 hits and 85 RBI, while Nathaniel Lowe and Corey Seager have combined for 280 hits and 154 RBI. Nathan Eovaldi gets the ball, and he is 11-4 with a 2.95 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Eovaldi is 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics didn't list a starting pitcher at the time I published this article, but it doesn't matter. We know who the A's are, arguably the worst team in baseball, but they've been winning games this week and for once are providing betting value. The Rangers have not only lost 4 straight games, but they've won just 4 games since August 16. We faded the Rangers yesterday, and it worked, and we're going to do it again here. The Rangers are free-falling in front of our eyes, and they don't deserve the favorite prices they keep getting. Give me the A's and the plus money.