Athletics vs. Rangers Prediction
The Oakland Athletics lost both ends of their doubleheader yesterday at the AL West foe Texas Rangers. Can Oakland rebound with a win today in the series finale?
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Globe Life Park at 3:05 PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are a -166 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are a +156 underdog, while the total is set at 11 runs. As of Sunday morning, 65 percent of public bets are being placed on host Texas. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
A's stumble to two losses
Oakland fell by scores of 10-5 and 3-1 Saturday in its day-night doubleheader at Texas to drop to 32-33 overall and 14-18 on the road. In game two, Mark Canha provided the only offense as he went 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Robbie Grossman finished 1-for-3 plus a walk. Ramon Laureano also went 1-for-3. Chris Bassitt took the loss as he allowed three earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Frankie Montas draws the start today for the Athletics as he comes in with a 7-2 record, 2.83 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 69 strikeouts over 70 innings.
Sampson spins gem
Adrian Sampson threw a complete game Saturday night to lead Texas to a 3-1 victory over visiting Oakland in game two of a day-night doubleheader. The Rangers also won the opener by a count of 10-5. Sampson allowed one earned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over nine spectacular innings. Danny Santana paced the Texas offense as he went 2-for-3 wth a triple, a run and an RBI. Jeff Mathis was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Ronald Guzman finished 1-for-3 and scored a run. Drew Smyly will start tonight for the Rangers as he comes in with a 1-4 record, 7.93 ERA and 1.86 WHIP plus 41 strikeouts over 42 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics are 4-1 in the last five Montas starts. Oakland is 9-2 in its last 11 road games.
The Rangers are 10-3 in their last 13 home games. Texas is 6-2 in its last eight Sunday games.
Montas has come into his own this season and has been a steadying force in the A's rotation. After a pair of losses, he'll be needed for a strong outing today. He should do a better job at limiting the Texas offense than Smyly will with Oakland's. The Athletics are favored for good reason as Smyly hasn't shown his old self on the mound this season.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: OAKLAND ATHLETICS -166