Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction
The Oakland Athletics have a two-game cushion ahead of two other teams in the AL Wild Card race for two spots. Can Texas open its weekend home series versus the Texas Rangers with a win tonight?
Friday, September 20, 2019
Oakland Coliseum at 10:07PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are listed as a -175 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are a +165 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Friday afternoon, 76 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Oakland. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Rangers edged at Astros
Texas lost by a score of 3-2 Wednesday night at Houston to drop to 74-79 overall and 32-46 on the road. Ronald Guzman helped lead the Rangers offensively as he finished 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Willie Calhoun was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Danny Santana went 1-for-3 with a walk. Kolby Allard took the loss as he allowed two earned runs on four hits with two strikeouts and four walks over five innings. Mike Minor draws the start tonight as he enters with a 13-9 record, 3.33 ERA and 1.21 WHIP plus 188 strikeouts over 194 2/3 innings pitched.
Canha wins it in 11th
Mark Canha hit a game-winning double to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 11th inning Wednesday as host Oakland topped Kansas City by a score of 1-0. Canha ended the game 2-for-5 with the double and the RBI. Marcus Semien went 2-for-5 with a double. Ramon Laureano finished 1-for-4. J.B. Wendelken picked up the win in relief as he gave up one hit with two strikeouts and two walks over 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baesball. Mike Fiers gets the start tonight for the A's as he comes in with a 14-4 record, 4.09 ERA and 1.23 WHIP plus 117 strikeouts over 171 2/3 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers are 4-1 in the last five Minor road starts. Texas is 0-6 in its last six games versus the AL West.
The A's are 55-25 in their last 80 games overall. Oakland is 5-2 in the last seven Fiers starts on Fridays.
Minor has been solid all season and should keep the Rangers in the game, especially against an Athletics offense that has struggled a bit lately. With Fiers also having issues, I think this is a good spot for Texas to play a bit of a spoiler and perhaps make the AL Wild Card race a little tighter. I think this is a good underdog spot.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS RANGERS +165