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Baseball Betting: Rangers vs. A's

The Texas Rangers will close out their road MLB betting series on Thursday afternoon with a game against the Oakland Athletics.

The Rangers hand the ball to Colby Lewis (13-10, 4.45 ERA) for Thursday's matinee contest. Lewis beat the A's in Texas on September 9, allowing three runs on five hits over 7 1-3 innings.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oakland opened as +135 moneyline underdogs in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Athletics, most recently No. 4 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rangers, who rate an American League No. 2 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 4 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 5 in the American League at 4.2 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.2 hits per game so far, less than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (9.8 hits per game).

Oakland owns the American League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Texas' American League No. 5-rated defense.

Texas won its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Athletics on September 21. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -172 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Brandon McCarthy and the Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday at O.co Coliseum.

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

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing LA Angels are 4-6
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 on the road against Oakland
Texas is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 8 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Oakland's last 17 games when playing Texas
Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas home to Seattle, Friday, September 23
Oakland at LA Angels, Friday, September 23

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