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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 7/27/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Saturday July 27, 2019, 9:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +150 / Oakland Athletics -169 -- Over/Under: 9.5
TV Channel
NSCA, FSSW
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The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Rangers have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last eight 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 195 hits and 96 RBI. Adrian Sampson gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 5.19 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. Sampson is 1-0 with a 5.51 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics need a win after losing five of their last six games. The Athletics have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Oakland Athletics have lost five 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. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 8-7 with a 5.42 ERA and 89 strikeouts this season. Bailey is 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 0-4 in their last 4 Saturday games, 0-9 in Sampson's last 9 road starts and 1-5 in Sampson's last 6 starts. The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series, 5-1 in their last 6 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The Rangers are 7-19 in the last 26 meetings in Oakland and 5-15 in the last 20 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Athletics last 5 home games. The over is 5-1 in Sampson's last 6 road starts.

Sampson has allowed 13 hits and 11 earned runs in his last 6.2 innings, and he has a 7.97 ERA and .337 allowed batting average in 40.2 innings on the road. Bailey has allowed 21 hits and 13 runs in his last 13 innings, and he's coming off a two inning performance against the Houston Astros where he gave up eight hits and nine runs. On one hand this is the game you can say the Athletics are going to break out of their offensive slump, but I'm not laying juice with Bailey on the hill. I'll take the over with two pitchers in poor form. 

Pick:
Over 9.5

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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