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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/8/19 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 9:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics / Texas Rangers -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSCA, FSSW
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The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in game two of a MLB doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Athletics have scored 21 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Oakland Athletics have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 67 hits and 31 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 123 hits and 61 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Rangers have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 64 hits and 32 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 122 hits and 60 RBI. Adrian Sampson gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Sampson is 0-0 with a 11.05 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. American League West, 2-7 in Bassitt's last 9 starts with 5 days of rest and 5-2 in Bassitt's last 7 road starts. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 20-8 in their last 28 home games and 3-7 in Sampson's last 10 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Texas and 25-9 in the last 34 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Rangers last 7 overall. The under is 8-3 in Athletics last 11 Saturday games.

While he's been really good on the road this season, Bassitt has allowed 11 earned runs in his last 14.2 innings. Sampson has allowed three or less earned runs in each of his last four games and has a respectable 3.11 ERA at home this season. The Texas Rangers have also been a tough out at home overall this year, while the Oakland A's have been all over the place since putting together that impressive winning streak. I'll side with the Rangers in this contest behind a pitcher who is dealing at the moment.

Pick:
Texas Rangers

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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