Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 4/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:07 PM (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Oakland Athletics -123 / Texas Rangers +114

TV: FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game AL West division set from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Monday night.

The Texas Rangers will look to keep their momentum going after winning 6 of their last 7 games following a series victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon with an 11-10 triumph. Joey Gallo led the Rangers by going 2 for 3 with a triple and five RBIs while Hunter Pence had a homer and three RBIs and Elvis Andrus had a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Logan Forsythe belted a solo home run to round out Texas’ scoring in the win, while Jeff Mathis went 2 for 4. Shin-Soo Choo had a double and Delino DeShields chipped in a base hit as well in the victory for the Rangers. Shelby Miller got the win to improve to 1-1 after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits over 5.1 innings of work. Shawn Kelley struck out the last batter in the game for his 1st save of the season. Mike Minor will start game one and is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 19 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound after being swept by Toronto over the weekend, dropping the series finale by a final score of 5-4 on Sunday to push their skid to losses in 5 of their last 6 games. Marcus Semien went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Khris Davis and Matt Chapman each had RBIs as well in the losing effort. Stephen Piscotty, Ramon Laureano and Nick Hundley each had base hits as well in the defeat. Brett Anderson allowed two runs on four hits over 2.2 innings of work to take the loss, falling to 3-1 on the year in the process. Chris Bassitt will make his season debut in game one and was 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA and 41 strikeouts last season. This will be Bassitt’s second career start against Texas.

Texas is 6-1 in Minor’s last 7 division starts and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Oakland is 4-0 in Bassitt’s last 4 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record. Texas is 2-10 in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and 5-16 in the last 21 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

Bassitt had his moments last season, but I’m not sure this is the ideal spot to make your season debut against a red-hot Texas team that’s started to catch fire offensively again. Oakland has been one of the more underrated teams in the majors over the last year, but the A’s have gone cold lately, scoring two runs or less in four of their last five games. Numbers like those won’t fly here, especially when Minor has thrown shutouts in two of his last three starts, the last of which was a complete game shutout in his last start. We are getting plus money with the hotter team in Texas to fade a team in Oakland that’s lost five of their last six games. Sign me up. Give me Texas to draw first blood on Monday.

Chris’s Pick Texas Rangers +114

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.