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Athletics open as moneyline underdog vs Rangers

Texas RangersOakland Athletics
Sep 21, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics Odds

89-65TEAM RECORD69-85

The Athletics get a visit from the Texas Rangers in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

The match puts starter C.J. Wilson for the Rangers on the hill facing Brandon McCarthy for the Athletics. Wilson brings a 16-7 mark to the game, while McCarthy is 9-8 to date on the season.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Rangers listed as favorites of 135 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Oakland is rated No. 4 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Texas is at No. 2 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 12 ranked American League offense (4 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the American League at 4.2 runs allowed per game. The Athletics have been averaging 8.3 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (9.8 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Oakland has the American League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Texas was a 7-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They won as -154 favorites, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Rich Harden and the Athletics 7-2 on Tuesday at O.co Coliseum.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Oakland are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

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

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Thursday, September 22