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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers - 9/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (61-80) at Oakland Athletics (85-57)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 4:05 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Oakland Athletics -190 / Texas Rangers +178 --- Over/Under: 9
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MLB | Texas Rangers (61-80) at Oakland Athletics (85-57)
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The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at the Oakland Coliseum. 

The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 138 hits and 61 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 230 hits and 140 RBI. Yohander Mendez gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Mendez is 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 11 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won nine of their last 12 games when scoring more than one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 147 hits and 55 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 276 hits and 145 RBI. Edwin Jackson gets the ball, and he is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 51 strikeouts this season. Jackson is 2-4 with a 4.85 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 games on grass, 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Athletics are 10-2 in their last 12 Saturday games, 19-7 in their last 26 during game 2 of a series and 7-1 in Jacksons last 8 starts. The Rangers are 3-12 in the last 15 meetings in Oakland, 1-6 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 8-1-1 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland.

Jackson has really turned his career around in Oakland, allowing two or less runs in five of his last seven starts, and he's allowing just a .198 batting average at home this season. The Oakland Athletics are simply a team I've been backing for the last few months, as they have the best record in the majors since the middle of June and show up night in and night out. The A's have been one of the most profitable teams in baseball this season and show little signs of slowing down. Don't overthink this. Keep riding the Atheltics into the final weeks of the regular season.

Oakland Athletics -190

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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