Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 12 (7/12): MLB

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 12 (7/12): MLB

Credit: photo by Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:05 p.m. EST
Athletics money line +139
Athletics run line +1.5 (-140)
Rangers money line -165
Rangers run line -1.5 (+120)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Oakland Athletics Texas Rangers
Record 29-59 40-44
Road / home record 18-27 20-21
Last 10 record 4-6 4-6
Streak L2 W1
Over / under record 35-46-6 39-38-7
Runs / game 3.14 4.48
Runs allowed / game 4.54 4.46

 

Preview

The Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics will play the 2nd game of the series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Tuesday night. The Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 10-8 on Monday night, with Seager hitting his 20th home run leading off the fifth and rookie Smith hitting his first home run in the big leagues on an inside-the-park shot.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 29-59 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.14 runs per game. They're batting for .209 AVG, 273 runs scored in 589 hits and 62 home runs, ranking #30 in offense in the league, the worst in the MLB. Tony Kemp is batting for .227 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 37 RBI and 10 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.54 runs per game, ranking #22 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 3.36 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:

James Kaprielian (1-5, 5.06 ERA) will be on the mound for the Athletics in the 2nd game of the series. In his six innings of work against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Kaprielian allowed one run on five hits, four walks, and one strikeout. He had no bearing on the choice. He has a 1-2 record with an ERA of 4.95 and 25 strikeouts in 7 appearances against the Rangers in his career.

Texas Rangers

The Rangers get here with a 45-35 record and have won 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 4.4 runs per game and they're batting for .240 AVG, have 372 runs scored in 677 hits and 100 home runs, ranking #12 in offense in the league behind the Houston Astros. Adolis Garcia leads with 47 RBI and 15 home runs.

Defensively as they are allowing 4.46 runs per game and rank #21 in the league. Martin Perez leads the pitching staff with a 2.72 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded for the Rangers.

Probable Pitcher:

Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.26 ERA) will be on the mound for the Athletics in the 2nd game of the series. Otto took the loss for the Rangers in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five batters. He is 1-1 with an ERA of 9.72 and 10 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Athletics in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Oakland are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games at home.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games against Oakland.

Prediction

Both offenses exploded in the first game of the series and combined for 18 runs. The Athletics will now send James Kaprielian who allowed 4 runs in 4 innings the last he faced the Rangers. Glen Otto will start for the Rangers and he dominated the A's earlier this season holding them to only 1 run across 5 innings pitched. The Rangers have the better offense and the better pitcher here so with Texas.

PICK: Rangers -1.5 (+120)

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