MLB Odds: Athletics vs. Rangers

Things could get interesting in the AL West as the Oakland Athletics descend on the Lone Star State to meet the Texas Rangers in a 4 game set beginning tonight. The first game of this possibly pivotal set is scheduled to begin in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 8:05 PM ET.

Oakland (86-66) trails Texas(90-62) in the AL West division and could pull even with the Rangers with a 4 game sweep. While the task will not be an easy one, it will be aided by the possible absence of Josh Hamilton who has missed the past 5 games for Texas with a sinus issue that is affecting his eyesight. The A's already own a 2.5 game lead over the Angels for a wild card spot even after losing 2 of 3 to the Yanks over the weekend. Their 4-6 in the last 10, while the Rangers are 5-5. Texas is 47-27 at home. Check the  MLB Odds for Athletics vs. Rangers Game.

Rookie righthander Daniel Straily (2-1, 4.13 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Athletics and southpaw Derek Holland (11-6, 4.42 ERA) for the Rangers. Against left-handed pitchers, the Athletics are 26-27 overall this year, and 2-2 in their last 10 games. Against righties, the Rangers are 63-45 on the season, and 3-4 in their last 10.

The Athletics are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games. They are also 2-5 SU in their last 7 on the road, but 14-5 in their last 19 outside of Oakland. The total has gone OVER in 6 of their last 7 games, and OVER in 5 of their last 6 on the road. The Rangers are 13-5 in their last 18 games at home.

Between these two teams, the A's are 8-17 SU in their last 25 games overall. Oakland is 3-11 SU in their last 14 playing the Rangers in Texas. The total has gone UNDER in all 5 of their last matchups. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 meetings in Texas. The season series is tied at 6 wins apiece.

Texas is favored at home by SBGGlobal, listed in our sportsbook at -$170 and Oakland is a +$155. As the favorite, the Rangers are 80-50 on the year, and 3-4 in their last 10 games. As the underdog, the A's are 56-51 overall, going 2-5 in their last 10. The under/over is 9.5 total runs if you're willing to lay $125 to win a $100.

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