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Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers Total Pick

  • Time: 8:05 PM EST Tuesday April 29, 2014 FSSW

    Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

    The Texas Rangers host the Oakland A’s in an AL West match up.

    In their last games: In Game 1 of this 3-game series yesterday the A’s beat the Rangers 4-0.

    Oakland’s Sonny Gray tossed 3-hitter for a complete-game shutout against the Rangers yesterday.

    The Rangers have won 3 of 4 games facing the A’s this season with Oakland winning the most recent meeting.

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    Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

    The A’s are 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Rangers in Texas.

    In the last 5 games between these 2 teams in Texas the total has gone Under 4 times.

    The Rangers are 5-0 in Martin Perez’s last 5 starts.

    The A’s 5-0 in Scott Kazmir’s last 5 starts.

    Pitching Match Up
    Oakland A’s: Scott Kazmir (3-0, 1.62 ERA)
    Texas Rangers: Martin Perez (4-0, 1.42 ERA)

    Betting Odds

    Money Line: A’s -101 / Rangers -109
    Run Line: Texas -1.5 +175
    Total Line: 8

    Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

    Oakland A’s: 16-10 SU / O/U 13-13 / Run Line W/L 15-11
    Texas Rangers: 15-11 SU / O/U 13-12 / Run Line W/L 10-16

    Key Betting Trends
    • OAK is 10-4 in their last 14 road games.
    • OAK is 2-5 in their last 7 games as an underdog.
    • OAK has an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
    • TEX is 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
    • TEX is 16-6 in their last 22 home games.
    • TEX has an Over record of 3-1-1 in their last 5 home games.

    Key Player Injuries

    A’S
    Yoenis Cespedes OF Out Apr 24 hamstring Day-to-day
    Jake Elmore SS D.L. Apr 3 hamstring Out indefinitely
    A.J. Griffin SP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Out indefinitely
    Fernando Rodriguez RP D.L. Mar 30 elbow Early 2014
    Jarrod Parker SP D.L. Mar 20 elbow 2015
    Eric O’Flaherty RP D.L. Feb 17 elbow June?

    RANGERS
    Donnie Murphy 2B Out Apr 28 foot Status uncertain
    Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B D.L. Apr 25 back Out indefinitely
    Pedro Figueroa RP D.L. Apr 23 elbow 2015
    Jim Adduci OF D.L. Apr 19 finger Late May
    Tanner Scheppers SP D.L. Apr 18 elbow Out indefinitely
    Joe Saunders SP D.L. Apr 7 ankle Late April?
    Jurickson Profar 2B D.L. Mar 30 shoulder Early June?
    Geovany Soto C D.L. Mar 30 knee June?
    Engel Beltre OF D.L. Mar 28 leg Out indefinitely
    Derek Holland SP D.L. Mar 3 knee surgery Mid-2014
    Joseph Ortiz R D.L. Feb 14 Late May?

    Total Pick:

    Both of tonight’s starters have been razor sharp so far this season. Oakland’s Scott Kazmir has had 5 quality starts in a row, pitching 33 innings giving up 22 hits and only 6 earned runs. Ranger’s southpaw Martin Perez has been flawless in his last 3 hurling 26 innings of 11 hit ball and not giving up a single run. We know this is the square play here but hard not to bite when the online sportsbooks hang up an 8 for the total. Take Under 8 (-115).

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