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Aug 12, 10:05 PM | GrassOverstock.com Coliseum

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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Oakland will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Overstock.com Coliseum.

It's a pitching duel between Brandon McCarthy for the Athletics (5-5 on the year) and C.J. Wilson for Texas (10-5 so far).

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Athletics were listed as +120 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 3-rated Rangers taking on the American League's No. 4-rated Athletics in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 11 ranked American League offense (3.9 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 8 in the American League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Athletics have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (9.6 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.4 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

The Rangers were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mariners. That made winners of bettors who got Seattle at +200 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-3 to Seattle on Wednesday at Rangers Ballpark.

The Athletics were a 10-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Blue Jays. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at +133 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. The Athletics enjoyed a 10-3 victory at the expense of the Blue Jays on Thursday, with Guillermo Moscoso throwing 6 innings of 3-hit ball at Rogers Centre.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Rangers at Athletics trends to consider:
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas' last 9 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Oakland's last 17 games
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Texas

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Saturday, August 13

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