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Rangers open series against the rival A's

With four wins in their past five games against the Oakland Athletics the Texas Rangers will be looking for another strong result as the teams start an MLB betting set on Monday.

Overall the Rangers are 6-4 in their past 10 games against the division-rival Athletics, with the two teams battling for the AL West crown down the stretch. The OVER/UNDER went 4-5-1 for totals bettors in those 10 Rangers vs. A's matchups.

The Athletics will rely on Daniel Straily to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Derek Holland will be his counterpart for the Rangers. Daniel Straily is 7-7 this season, and Derek Holland is 9-6.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Athletics in this one found them listed as moneyline underdogs of +114 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Oakland is rated No. 7 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. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.5 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the American League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Oakland, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Texas was a 4-2 loser in its last match at home against the Twins. They lost as -205 favorites, while the total score of 6 made winners of UNDER bettors. Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-2 to Minnesota on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Oakland won its last outing, a 5-1 result against the Rays on September 1. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -132 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Oakland got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday at O.co Coliseum behind starter A.J. Griffin.

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

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

A few Rangers at Athletics trends to consider:
Texas is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas' last 11 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 11 games when playing at home against Texas
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Tuesday, September 3