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AL West rivals do battle in Arlington

The Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics will open up a key four-game series in Arlington on Monday night, with the AL West clubs splitting their results for bettors so far this season.

The Rangers and Athletics have already played two series against each other in 2013, with each team winning three of their six matchups. Totals bettors at the sportsbooks watched the OVER/UNDER go 2-4 in those half-dozen MLB betting contests.

The match puts starter Daniel Straily for the Athletics on the hill facing Nick Tepesech for the Rangers. Straily brings a 4-2 mark to the game, while Tepesech is 3-6 to date on the season.

View Oakland vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Athletics listed as underdogs of +-110 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 10, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rangers rated this week at No. 5 and the Athletics sitting at No. 6.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas' No. 9 ranked American League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Athletics defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the American League at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Athletics have managed so far this season (8.6 hits on average).

Defensively, Oakland features the American League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Texas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 in the American League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.

Oakland was a 10-2 winner in its last match at home against the Mariners. They won as -135 favorites, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors. Oakland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Mariners, a 10-2 final on Sunday in support of Bartolo Colon at O.co Coliseum.

Texas lost its last outing, a 7-2 result against the Blue Jays on June 16. Bettors who backed the Blue Jays at +185 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Texas didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-2 to Toronto on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Texas are 8-2
After playing Seattle are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Toronto are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Athletics at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games
Oakland is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
Oakland is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing at home against Oakland

Next up:
Oakland at Texas, Tuesday, June 18