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Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers meet at Rangers Ballpark.

The Athletics will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Daniel Straily in this game. Straily has a 9-7 record and a 4.15 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Rangers will be Derek Holland. The lefthander has a 3.17 ERA to go along with a 9-8 record this season.

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 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.

Current streak:
Oakland has won 2 straight games.
Texas has lost 3 straight games.

Team records:
Oakland: 85-61 SU
Texas: 81-64 SU

Oakland most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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's 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's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Texas home to Oakland, Saturday, September 14