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MLB Predictions: Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics 4/5/18

Can the Oakland Athletics close out their series with the Texas Rangers with a victory today at 3:35PM ET?

GAME SNAPSHOT

(965) Texas Rangers at (966) Oakland Athletics

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Location: Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, California

Weather: Cloudy, 58 degrees, 7mph Winds

Time: 3:35PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Athletics are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -140 to win today. The Rangers are listed with a money line of +130 to prevail. The over/under total is currently listed at 9.5 runs.

PITCHING MATCHUP

The pitching matchup tonight has Martin Perez on the mound for the Texas Rangers to face Daniel Mengden of the Athletics. Perez went 13-12 last season with a 4.82 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He had 115 strikeouts with 63 walks. Mengden struggled in his first start, allowing six runs over 5.2 innings on seven hits and five strikeouts.

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PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION

The public is backing the Rangers today. Texas is getting 57 percent of the wagers for this game as the underdog on the road against Oakland.

KEY INJURIES

The Rangers have a lot of pitchers listed on the injury report for today’s game and outfield Delino DeShields is on the DL after suffering a fractured bone in his left hand. Oakland has nobody new on the injury list.

BETTING STRATEGIES

Oakland has won two of the three games in the series thus far, including a 6-2 win on Wednesday night. Sean Manaea pitched eight strong innings for Oakland, allowing just one run with three hits and four strikeouts. Texas starter Doug Fister lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up five runs, though just two were earned.

Jed Lowrie led Oakland at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBI while Matt Chapman added two hits and scored two runs. Nomar Mazara was the lone member of the Rangers to get multiple hits while Shin-Soo Choo had a solo home run.

Neither pitcher provides much confidence today, but Oakland is at home and the Athletics have been the better hitting team in this series so far. Oakland also has a bullpen that is rested and ready thanks to Manaea pitching eight innings last night. I think the Athletics find a way to win again today.

MLB PREDICTIONS: OAKLAND ATHLETICS -140

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