Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/14/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:05 PM (Globe Life Park)
Texas Rangers +125 / Oakland Athletics -147
The Oakland A’s and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their AL West division set from Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Oakland A’s will look to finish strong after Saturday’s game two was postponed, but the A’s did start the series off on the right foot after an 8-6 win on Friday. Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each had two RBIs with Davis hitting a home run while Stephen Piscotty, Jurickson Profar, Ramon Laureano and Josh Phegley each went 2 for 4 with an RBI with Laureano hitting a solo home run while Profar and Piscotty each had a double. Marcus Semien added a base knock as well in the winning effort for the A’s. Mike Fiers went five innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Lou Trivino got the win while Blake Treinen earned his 5th save of the season. Brett Anderson will start the finale and is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Anderson is 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA and 52 strikeouts against Texas.
The Texas Rangers will look to salvage a split after dropping game one on Friday and being rained out on Saturday. Elvis Andrus led the Rangers by going 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs while Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo homer and Nomar Mazara and Logan Forsythe each had a double and an RBI to round out Texas’ scoring in the loss. Shin-Soo Choo went 3 for 5 with a double while Patrick Wisdom and Delino DeShields each chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort. Drew Smyly gave up four runs on four hits while striking out five over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Chris Martin took the loss, falling to 0-1 in the process. Adrian Sampson will start the finale and is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s first career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 12-3 in Anderson’s last 15 starts against a team with a losing record and 4-0 in their last 4 games overall while the over is 13-3-1 in their last 17 road games. Texas is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 18-38 in their last 56 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 home games. Oakland is 22-8 in the last 30 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Texas.
The plus money is somewhat tempting considering that Sampson has pitched well in a long reliever role this season, giving up just two runs in 9.2 innings of work. However, Sampson allowed three runs, two earned, in just 0.1 innings in his lone career appearance against Oakland, and it’s hard putting faith in Sampson given how the A’s have been mashing the ball during this four game winning streak that they’re currently on. The price isn’t bad either when you throw in how well Anderson is pitching so far, so I’ll lay the juice with Oakland on the road in this spot.