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Athletics face Texas Rangers: MLB odds preview and stats

Oakland AthleticsTexas Rangers
May 20, 8:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Odds

23-22TEAM RECORD29-15

The Texas Rangers battle the visiting Oakland Athletics on Monday in MLB betting action at Rangers Ballpark.

Bartolo Colon gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Athletics on this day; he's 3-2 on the season. The Rangers, meanwhile, will counter with Josh Lindblom, who will be looking to improve on his 0-0 mark.

View Oakland vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Rangers in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -140 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 9.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 4 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Athletics, who rate an American League No. 9 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Texas has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 9.4 hits per game. The Athletics average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 12 on the American League list.

Texas owns the American League's No. 1 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Oakland's American League No. 9-rated defense.

The Athletics were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -168 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Oakland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Royals, a 4-3 final on Sunday in support of A.J. Griffin at O.co Coliseum.

Texas won its last outing, a 11-8 result against the Tigers on May 19. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -128 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (19) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Texas looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Tigers, a 11-8 final on Sunday in support of Derek Holland at Rangers Ballpark.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 7-3
After playing Kansas City are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Athletics at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oakland's last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Oakland's last 23 games on the road
Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games on the road
Texas is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 9 games at home
Texas is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Texas, Tuesday, May 21