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MLB BASEBALL

Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics

The Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at O.co Coliseum.

The Rangers will give the ball to starter Alexi Ogando in this one. Righthander Ogando is 4-3 this season with a 3.05 ERA.

Ogando's opponent in this one will be Tom Milone. The Athletics lefthander has a 4.09 ERA to go along with a 9-8 record this season.

The Rangers were a 7-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Diamondbacks. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -250 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 5-2 loser as they battled the Blue Jays at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at +140 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Current streak:
Texas has won 4 straight games.
Oakland has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Texas: 60-49 SU
Oakland: 63-45 SU

Texas most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Arizona are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

Oakland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 8 games when playing at home against Texas
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Texas
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Oakland's last 19 games
Oakland is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home

Next up:
Oakland home to Texas, Saturday, August 3