Rangers vs. A's Monday Prediction
Two American League West rivals headed in different directions at the moment will meet in Oakland on Monday night when the A’s host the Rangers at 8:40 p.m. ET. Despite their three-game losing skid, will the A’s win Game 1 of the series tonight?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, April 22, 2019
8:40 p.m. ET, Coors Field, Denver, CO
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 54% of the betting tickets are on the A’s to beat the Rangers on the moneyline.
Texas Rangers Fantasy Spin
Joey Gallo went 2-for-3 with five RBI and a run scored to help the Rangers edge the Astros 11-10 on Sunday. Long before the game turned into a shootout, Gallo ripped a two-run triple into the right field corner in the first inning to get the scoring started. An RBI single and a couple sacrifice flies accounted for the rest of his runs batted in on the afternoon. The 25-year-old now has eight homers and 22 RBI, and perhaps most surprisingly, he's slashing .281/.382/.734 overall. With advanced numbers suggesting there's some merit to the hot start, it could be the early days of a new and improved Gallo we're seeing.
Oakland A’s Fantasy Spin
Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Athletics fell to the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Semien delivered an RBI single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning. He also scored a pair of runs in the contest. The 28-year-old shortstop is off to a terrific start to his 2019 season, slashing .322/.392/.500 with three homers, 11 RBI and one stolen base.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers are just 2-10 in their last 12 games versus the A’s.
The A’s have won 16 of their last 21 meetings with the Rangers in Oakland.
The Rangers are attractive here because they beat the Astros twice over the weekend and the A’s are marred in a three-game losing slump. That said, the A’s are 7-1 in their last eight games versus a left-handed starter and are 39-19 in their last 58 home games. The Rangers, meanwhile, are just 8-22 in their last 30 road games and have struggled to win in Oakland.
The Pick: Oakland A’s -145