Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction
The Oakland Athletics won in shutout fashion last night to maintain their two-game lead in the AL Wild Card standings with eight games left. Can Oakland post another win tonight against the visiting Texas Rangers?
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Oakland Coliseum at 9:07PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are a -300 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Rangers are a +270 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. AS of Saturday afternoon, 68 percent of public bets are being placed on host Oakland. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Rangers shut out on two hits
Texas lost by a score of 8-0 Friday night at Oakland for its sixth straight defeat. Shin-Soo Choo and Delino Deshields were both 1-for-3 to account for the two Rangers hits. Mike Minor took the loss as he gave up six earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks over five innings. Brock Burke will start tonight for Texas as he enters with an 0-1 record, 5.19 ERA And 1.31 WHIP plus 14 strikeouts over 26 innings.
Fiers throws eight shutout frames
Oakland won in shutout fashion for a second straight game Friday night as it rolled to an 8-0 home victory over Texas. Mike Fiers threw eight shutout innings to notch the win as he allowed two hits with five strikeouts and no walks. Mark Canha helped lead the A's offense as he went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Chad Pinder went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. Ramon Laureano finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sean Manaea gets the start tonight for Oakland as he comes in with a 2.0 record, 0.50 ERA and 0.67 WHIP plus 21 strikeouts over 18 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers are 17-35 in their last 52 games versus a left-handed starter. Texas is 0-7 in its last seven games versus the AL West.
The Athletics are 7-2 in the last nine Manaea home starts. Oakland is 10-4 in its last 14 Saturday games.
Manaea has come back like gangbusters from his arm injury and I don't expect much to change tonight as he's usually very good at home while the Rangers tend to struggle against left-handed pitching. With the A's bats likely to get to Burke plus the bullpen, I'm going to take a shot at the runline bet here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: OAKLAND ATHLETICS RL -145