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Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers odds, picks and prediction

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers odds, picks and prediction

June 22, 2021
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The Oakland Athletics (44-30) continue their four-game series with the AL West rival Texas Rangers (26-46) Tuesday at Globe Life Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook ‘s lines around the Athletics vs. Rangers odds with MLB picks and predictions . Texas snapped […]

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The Oakland Athletics (44-30) continue their four-game series with the AL West rival Texas Rangers (26-46) Tuesday at Globe Life Field. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook‘s lines around the Athletics vs. Rangers odds with MLB picks and predictions.

Texas snapped a six-game losing skid by beating Oakland 8-3 in Monday’s series opener. It extended the Athletics’ losing skid to three games.

Season series: Rangers lead 1-0.

LHP Cole Irvin is on the rubber for the Athletics. He is 4-7 with a 3.89 ERA (81 IP, 35 ER), 1.26 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9 and 6.2 K/9 across 14 starts.

  • Last outing: No-decision with 5 2/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB and 2 K in Oakland’s 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday.

LHP Taylor Hearn is the projected starter for the Rangers. He is 2-1 with a 4.84 ERA (35 1/3 IP, 19 ER), 1.56 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9 and 10.2 K/9 over 22 relief appearances.

  • Last outing: No-decision with 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB and 1 K in Texas’ 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins Sunday.
  • This will be Hearn’s first start since his 2019 rookie season.

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Athletics at Rangers odds, lines, picks and prediction

MLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Odds last updated at 11:05 a.m. ET.

  • Money line: Athletics -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Rangers +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Athletics -1.5 (+110) | Rangers +1.5 (-135)
  • Over/Under: 9 (O: -115 | U: -105)

Prediction

Athletics 9, Rangers 4

“LEAN” to the ATHLETICS (-145) for a half unit because the Rangers cannot hit left-handed pitching and Irvin is far more effective off of five days of rest compared to four.

He is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 7.3 K/9 rate on five days of rest. However, on four days of rest, he is 0-6 with a 6.05 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 5.1 K/9.

Furthermore, Texas’ lineup is in the bottom-3 of the majors in advanced hitting metrics such as wRC+, wOBA, BB/K rate and OPS. Oakland is 10th or better in OPS, wOBA and wRC+.

The Rangers are most likely using a “bullpen day” so Oakland won’t necessarily be facing a lefty for long in this game, but Texas’ bullpen is 23rd in runs allowed per nine innings and 22nd in hard-contact rate.

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“LEAN” to the ATHLETICS -1.5 (+110) for a half unit since Oakland has the second-best cover rate on the road at 21-10 ATS and nine of the last 10 Athletics-Rangers meetings were decided by 2 or more runs.

“LEAN” to the OVER 9 (-115) for a half unit only because Oakland has a 4-10 O/U record in Irvin’s 14 starts this season plus the market is barreling into the Over and I don’t like following the crowd in sports betting.

However, Texas’ ballpark is a notoriously hitter-friendly park and these teams have a combined 33-19 O/U record when playing divisional opponents this season.

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