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Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Game 1 - 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 2:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, Texas
The Line
Texas Rangers +100 / Oakland Athletics -110 O/U: 11
TV Channel
NSCA, FSW+
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The Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers will match up on the MLB diamond for game one of their doubleheader on Saturday.

In the opener of this set on Friday, the A’s broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the ninth inning.

For Saturday’s game one, the A’s will be going with Paul Blackburn in the start. He’ll be coming up from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his season debut here.

The A’s banged out 10 hits in the win on Friday. Marcus Semien was absolutely instrumental in the victory, with four hits, two homers, four RBI and three runs.

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re sending out Joe Palumbo for the first start Saturday. Palumbo has made nine starts and one relief appearance for Double-A Frisco this season.

Texas managed 10 hits in the Friday loss, but couldn’t score in any inning except the sixth. Tops in hitting for the Rangers there was Delino DeShields with three hits and a run.

The A’s are 17-8 in their last 25 Saturday games and 4-1 in Blackburn’s last five starts in game two of a series. Oakland is 2-6 in their last six versus the AL West and the over is 5-0 in their last five opening games of a doubleheader.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 15-5 in their last 20 in opening games of a doubleheader. The under is 7-1 in Texas’ last eight in game two of a series and the over is 4-1 in their last five opening games of a doubleheader.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Blackburn; his last start was on July 6 of 2018, and he had been pretty choppy and inconsistent over his last handful of outings there.

As for Palumbo, he’s got a 3.38 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP this season and it will be interesting to see what he can do here.

There are too many question marks here to make a lot of informed decisions (especially in a doubleheader), so in cases like this it’s probably best to stick with the gut choice, which is the at-home Rangers.

Pick:
Texas Rangers +100

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