A's vs. Rangers Friday 13th Odds
A key series in the battle for the American League West title will get underway in Arlington on Friday night as the Texas Rangers play host to the rival Oakland Athletics.
The Athletics are just 4-6 over their past 10 games against the Rangers, but they won two of three games between the teams when they last met in early September in Oakland. The UNDER has paid out in four of their last five matchups.
Daniel Straily, with a record of 9-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Athletics, while the Rangers trot Derek Holland to the mound in this one. He is 9-8 so far in 2013.
The Rangers sit at No. 2 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Athletics sit at an American League No. 5 on the same chart.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Athletics rank No. 9 in the American League at 8.6 hits per game. That compares with Texas’s No. 5 ranking in that category.
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the American League's No. 4-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Athletics own the American League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.
The Athletics were an 8-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Twins. That made winners of bettors who got Oakland at -182 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. The Athletics enjoyed an 8-2 victory at the expense of the Twins on Thursday, with A.J. Griffin throwing 7 innings of 2-hit ball at Target Field.
The Rangers were a 7-5 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +122 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. Texas suffered a 7-5 loss against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, as Matt Garza wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Rangers Ballpark.
Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Athletics at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 8 games on the road
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Texas
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games at home
Oakland at Texas, Saturday, September 14