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MLB Game Preview - Athletics underdogs vs Rangers at Oakland

Texas RangersOakland Athletics
Aug 13, 4:05 PM | GrassOverstock.com Coliseum

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

67-52TEAM RECORD53-65

The Athletics get a visit from the Texas Rangers in baseball action on Saturday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

For the Athletics, Trevor Cahill gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rangers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Colby Lewis, 10-8 on the year.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Athletics as +105 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics sit at No. 4 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rangers sit at an American League No. 3 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 11-rated American League offense, averaging 3.9 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 8 in the American League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.3 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (9.7 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 8 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Texas was a 9-1 winner on the road against the Athletics. Bettors on Texas at -122 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Texas got the job done in their last match in a 9-1 victory over Oakland on Friday at Overstock.com Coliseum behind starter C.J. Wilson.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

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 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas' last 10 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Oakland's last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 10 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Sunday, August 14

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