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Garza leads Rangers vs. Athletics

Matt Garza will get the start for the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon as they continue their MLB betting series on the road against the division-rival Oakland Athletics.

Garza is 7-1 with a 2.95 ERA on the season, and he's 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA over his six career appearances against the Athletics. The righthander last faced Oakland on July 3, allowing just one run over his eight innings.

The A's will counter with Jarrod Parker, who will be looking to improve on his 6-6 mark.

View Texas vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rangers listed as underdogs of +120 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7, check for updates at SportBet.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Athletics at No. 7 in the American League and the Rangers at No. 6 in the American League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Rangers offense rated No. 9 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Athletics have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Rangers hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Texas features the American League's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.3 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the American League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

Last time out for Texas, they were an 8-3 winner as they battled the Athletics on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +112 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Texas got the job done in their last match in an 8-3 victory over Oakland on Friday at O.co Coliseum behind starter Alexi Ogando.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Rangers at Athletics trends to consider:
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Oakland's last 9 games when playing at home against Texas
Oakland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Texas

Next up:
Texas at Oakland, Sunday, August 4