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MLB Game Preview - Rangers underdogs vs Athletics at Oakland

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May 2, 3:35 PM | GrassOakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Texas duelling Oakland on Monday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Brandon McCarthy gets the call for the Oakland Athletics and he will try to build on a 1-2 mark. In the other dugout, Derek Holland brings a 3-1 ledger to the game for the Rangers as he tries to quiet the Athletics bats.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rangers listed as underdogs of +-115 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Oakland is rated No. 11 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 2 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 13-ranked scoring average of 3.5 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 4 and scoring 5.1 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (8.9 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 2-rated road mark, allowing 3.3 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Texas was a 7-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They lost as +119 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. The Rangers endured a 7-2 loss at the hands of the Athletics on Sunday, with Matt Harrison throwing 1 2/3 innings of 6-hit ball at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Seattle are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Cleveland are 7-3
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

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

Next up:
Texas at Seattle, Tuesday, May 3
Oakland home to Cleveland, Tuesday, May 3

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