Athletics vs. Rangers Prediction
Will the Oakland Athletics have any trouble on the road when they face the struggling Texas Rangers tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 23, 2018
8:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
TV: FSSW (Tex); NSCA (Oak)
Compare odds and from multiple different online sportsbooks and shop for the best lines at our new Baseball Odds & Betting Page.
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rangers are the slight favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -115 to win. Oakland is given a money line of +105 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 11 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 57 percent going on Oakland on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
The Athletics have won six of their last eight games coming into Monday, including a pair of series wins over the Giants in the last week. Oakland is now 57-43 overall and 31-21 on the road. The Athletics are putting up 4.60 runs per game this season while allowing 4.38 per contest.
Brett Anderson takes the mound for Oakland today, making his seventh start of the season tonight. Anderson is 1-2 on the year with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.86 WHIP. Over 23.2 innings of work, Anderson has 12 strikeouts with eight walks.
Texas in a funk
The Rangers are coming off a 5-0 win over Cleveland on Sunday, but they are just 2-7 in their last nine games. Texas is now 42-58 overall and 20-30 at home. The Rangers are scoring 4.40 runs per game this year while allowing 5.12 per contest.
Cole Hamels is on the mound for the Rangers on Monday night. He is making his 20th start of the season. Hamels comes into the game with a 5-8 record, a 4.36 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Hamels has pitched 109.1 innings this year and has 109 strikeouts with 40 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won 23 of their last 30 games overall and eight of their last 10 against left-handed starters.
The Rangers have lost six straight division games and five of their last six at home. They are also 2-7 in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record.
The pitching matchup may not favor Oakland, but I still think the Athletics can find a way to win. Hamels has given up 18 runs over his last four starts and the Rangers have a pretty poor bullpen. Anderson doesn’t get deep into games, but he has the better pen and the more reliable batting order. I think Oakland finds a way to stay hot over a struggling Texas team.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics +105