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Athletics open as moneyline underdog vs Rangers

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July 7, 7:05 PM | GrassRangers Ballpark

Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers Odds

39-49TEAM RECORD47-41

Texas will look to improve on its 47-41 record when take on Oakland, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Thursday.

Oakland puts its faith in starter Rich Harden to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-0. Getting the ball for the Rangers is Derek Holland, who owns a 6-4 record on the season with a 5.10 ERA.

View Oakland vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Rangers as -140 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Rangers - Athletics odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 3 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Oakland is at No. 4 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas' American League No. 3-ranked scoring average of 4.9 runs per game, against a Athletics offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.5 runs per game in the league. The Rangers have averaged 9.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Athletics hitters have managed (7.9 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Athletics own the American League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 2-0 winner as they battled the Mariners at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -115 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Oakland threw a shutout at Seattle in their last outing, using a shutdown performance by Guillermo Moscoso to defeat Seattle 2-0 on Wednesday.

Texas won its last outing, a 13-5 result against the Orioles on July 6. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -172 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (18) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Texas rolled to a 13-5 win against Baltimore on Wednesday, as Alexi Ogando and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at Rangers Ballpark.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Baltimore are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

A few Athletics at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing at home against Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Texas, Friday, July 8

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