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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 7/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Friday July 26, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers -105 / Oakland Athletics -115 -- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NSCA, FSSW
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The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 107 hits and 50 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 194 hits and 95 RBI. Lance Lynn gets the ball, and he is 12-6 with a 3.93 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Lynn is 0-1 with a 9.64 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Athletics have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in four of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have lost four straight games when scoring three or less runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 112 hits and 49 RBI while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman have combined for 206 hits and 115 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 4.65 ERA and 36 strikeouts this season. Mengden is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 vs. American League West and 5-2 in Lynn's last 7 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 2 of a series, 6-1 in Mengden's last 7 starts and 4-1 in Mengden's last 5 home starts. The Rangers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Oakland and 11-27 in the last 38 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Mengden's last 4 starts overall. The under is 9-3 in Lynn's last 12 starts overall.

Lynn has been solid all season long and has actually been better on the road where he has a 3.64 ERA and .239 allowed batting average. The A's have success with Mengden on the mound, but he's a pitcher who has allowed 34 hits and 19 earned runs in his last 29.2 innings. The Texas Rangers probably have the starting pitching edge here, but there're also a team that's been ice cold in the second half of the season and aren't a team I'm trying to get behind. The Oakland Athletics usually play well at home and the offense is due for a breakout performance. I like the As and the cheap price.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics -115

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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