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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/9/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Sunday June 9, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics -175 / Texas Rangers +155 -- Over/Under: 11
TV Channel
NSCA, FSSW
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The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers meet Sunday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 15 games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 70 hits and 31 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 123 hits and 61 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Montas is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Texas Rangers have won five of their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 67 hits and 33 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 125 hits and 63 RBI. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 7.93 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Smyly is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA and 20 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 4 of a series, 1-7 in their last 8 Sunday games and 4-1 in Montas' last 5 starts. The Rangers are 10-3 in their last 13 home games, 6-2 in their last 8 Sunday games and 6-18 in their last 24 during game 4 of a series. The Athletics are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Texas and 26-10 in the last 36 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Rangers last 9 overall. The under is 4-1 in Montas' last 5 starts overall.

The Texas Rangers are worth a look with the big plus money, but Smyly has been absolutely awful for most of this season, and he's allowed 14 runs in his last 8.1 innings. Montas continues to be one of the better pitchers for the A's, giving up two or less earned runs in five of his last six starts and being on the winning side in seven of his last 10 starts. I don't love laying big juice with the Athletics in their current form, but backing Smyly isn't an option at the moment. 

Pick:
Oakland Athletics -175

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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