AJ Griffin out to silence Rangers bats in MLB contest
Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds
MLB wagering interest swings to the Oakland vs Texas battle on Monday at O.co Coliseum as the Athletics try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.
The Athletics will rely on AJ Griffin to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Justin Grimm will be his counterpart for the Rangers. AJ Griffin is 3-3 this season, and Justin Grimm is 2-2.
The Rangers were listed as +-130 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Monday over at Bovada.
This game matches up the No. 9 (Athletics) and the No. 7 (Rangers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 4-ranked scoring average of 4.8 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.6 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9.2 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 7-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Texas, they were a 12-7 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -140 were rewarded, while the 19 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Texas rolled to a 12-7 win against Houston on Sunday, as Nick Tepesch and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at Minute Maid Park.
Oakland lost its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Mariners on May 12. Bettors who backed the Mariners at +112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Oakland didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-1 to Seattle on Sunday at Safeco Field.
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 6-4
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 7-3
Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing Seattle are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6
A few Rangers at Athletics trends to consider:
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Texas
Texas at Oakland, Tuesday, May 14