It is the opener of a brief two-game series between the two teams. The MLB betting odds may lean toward the A’s because they are at home but the trends lean with Texas.
MLB odds trends tell us that the Rangers have won 12 of the last 20 games against the A’s. They are 6-4 in the last ten games at Oakland as MLB betting odds numbers show.
With the Rangers you pretty much know what you are getting every night as they score a lot of runs and usually give up a lot in MLB odds. The A’s are more unpredictable as they were expected to have a good offense with the addition of Matt Holliday and Jason Giambi but a suspect pitching staff, yet it has been the opposite so far this season. The A’s have had all kinds of trouble scoring runs as MLB odds stats show but their young pitching has been surprisingly strong. If the A’s could ever get Matt Holliday untracked then perhaps the offense would improve and they would win more games versus the MLB betting odds.
The Rangers have been in the Top 5 on offense for much of the season as MLB odds stats show and that is no surprise. With Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and others, the Rangers can put a lot of runs on the board and impact MLB odds. The problem for Texas is that their pitching, other than Kevin Millwood, has been weak. That seems to be the story every season for the Rangers in terms of MLB odds.
MLB odds stats tell us that the over/under leans to the under is this series as it is 8-10-2 in the last 20 games and 4-5-1 in the last 10 games at Oakland. The trends do point slightly to an under in this MLB odds matchup but it is always tough to take Texas games under the MLB odds total with their weak pitching staff. The A’s do have some young pitching talent so perhaps they can hold down the potent Texas offense in this game.
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