Athletics vs. Rangers Prediction
Can the Oakland Athletics continue their success on the road tonight when they visit the Texas Rangers for an 8:05PM ET contest?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, July 26, 2018
8:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
TV: NSCA (Oak); FSSW (Tex)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are the slight favorite on the road, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. The Rangers are listed with a money line of +120 to prevail. The over/under total for this contest has been set at 11 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 78 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.
Athletics looking for sweep
The Athletics have won the first three games in this series, including a 6-5 win on Wednesday. Oakland has won five straight and seven of eight entering Thursday. Oakland is now 60-43 overall and 34-21 on the road. The Athletics are putting up 4.80 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.43 per contest on defense.
Trevor Cahill gets the start for the Athletics on Thursday night. He is making his 11th start of the season tonight and comes in with a 1-2 record with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Cahill has pitched 58.0 innings this year and has 55 strikeouts with 17 walks.
Rangers in a funk
The Rangers have lost seven of their last eight following the 6-5 loss on Wednesday. Texas now sits at 42-61 overall and 20-33 at home. Texas is scoring 4.45 runs per game this season while giving up 5.30 per contest on defense.
Bartolo Colon takes the mound for the Rangers tonight. He is making his 19th start of the season and comes in with a 5-8 record, a 4.85 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Colon has pitched a total of 111.1 innings this year and he has 64 strikeouts with 18 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won five straight division games and they have won six of their last seven games on Thursday.
The Rangers have lost eight of their last nine at home and they have also dropped five of Colon’s last six starts against a winning team.
Oakland is playing about as well as anyone right now and they have shown a lot of resiliency in their wins. Even if Colon is to get the best of Cahill in the starting role, the Athletics have proven they can rally late to win. Texas just can’t seem to find the right combination of hitting and pitching lately and I don’t see that changing today.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -130