Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction
Will the Oakland Athletics continue their hot streak tonight when they open up a series with AL West foe, the Texas Rangers at 10:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, August 20, 2018
10:05PM ET – Oakland Coliseum
TV: FSSW (Tex); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Athletics are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -180 to win. The Rangers are getting a money line of +170 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 8.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 77 percent going on Oakland at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Rangers heating up
Texas is coming off a four-game series win over the Los Angeles Angels this past weekend for their fourth win in six games. The Rangers are now 56-70 overall and 27-32 on the road. Texas is putting up 4.85 runs per game this year while allowing 5.29 per contest.
Bartolo Colon gets the start for the Rangers tonight. He is 7-10 through 22 starts this year and has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Colon has racked up 75 strikeouts and 23 walks over 135.1 innings of work this year.
Oakland coming off loss
The Athletics are coming off a 9-4 loss to the Astros on Sunday, but they still won the series and have not lost their last six series’. The Athletics are 74-50 overall and 37-25 at home. Oakland is scoring 4.73 runs per game this year while allowing 4.19 per contest.
Mike Fiers takes the rubber for the third time as a member of Oakland. He spent most of the season in Detroit and has started 23 games this year. Fiers has an 8-6 record with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Fiers has 100 strikeouts and 26 walks over 130.1 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers have won five of their last six division games, but are just 5-11 in their last 16 Monday contests.
The Athletics have won five straight Monday games and 12 of their last 14 games after a loss. They are also 12-3 in their last 15 division games.
The Rangers are playing pretty well, but they run into arguably the hottest team in baseball right now. Oakland has been finding ways to win games with hitting on some days and pitching in others. Fiers has looked pretty strong in his two starts with eh Athletics, putting up 13 strikeouts and no walks. We can’t say the same for Colon, who has given up at least three earned runs in his last eight starts. I think Oakland will get to Colon while Fiers continues to shine.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -180