A's vs. Rangers Tuesday Prediction
After breaking out in the ninth inning for a victory on Monday night, will the Oakland A's go back-to-back with wins over the Texas Rangers when these division rivals meet again on Tuesday? The American League West foes will meet at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
8:05 p.m. ET, Globe Life Park in Arlington
TV: OAK (CSCA); TEX (FSSW)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager currently list the A's as a -110 favorite. As of this writing, 62% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Rangers to beat the A's on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
A's Triggs rocked in last start
Andrew Triggs was lit up for five hits and six runs over 1 1/3 innings Wednesday in Oakland’s win over the White Sox. He walked two and didn’t strike anyone out. Most of the damage came in the second inning when the Pale Hose got to Triggs for five runs with four coming on a Yoan Moncada grand slam. Chicago starter Carson Fulmer wasn’t much better, allowing five hits and four runs in his lone inning of work.
Wednesday’s meltdown did a number on Triggs’ ERA, raising it from 2.87 to 5.82.
Rangers' Hamels struggles vs. Rays
Cole Hamels was touched up for seven hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Rangers’ loss to the Rays. He notched four strikeouts and didn’t walk anyone. Hamels was cruising until the sixth inning when he allowed three hits, a hit-by-pitch and three earned runs. He was finally pulled in the seventh after yielding hits to Joey Wendle and Denard Span.
The veteran left-hander will take a three-start winless streak into his next outing Tuesday against Oakland.
MLB Betting Trends
The A's are 11-4 in their last 15 games versus the Rangers overall but despite winning on Monday night, they're just 3-6 in their last nine games in Arlignton.
The Rangers have lost six of Hamels' last seven starts and are 1-4 in his last five outings versus the rest of the American League West.
I really want to back the hot A's here but I can't back Triggs coming off that disaster last start. This should be another high-scoring game, however. Neither starter has looked sharp of late and after scoring just six combined runs on Monday night, Oakland broke out for six runs in the top of the ninth to help push the combined score over the total. The A's have one of the most underrated offenses in baseball and they should tag Hamels like the rest of the opponents the Texas starter has faced thus far.
The Pick: A's/Rangers over 9.5