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Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers Free MLB Pick

Time: 8:05 PM EST Thursday September 24, 2014 FSSW

Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

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

In their last games: The A’s lost to the L.A. Angels 5-4 and the Rangers beat the Houston Astros 5-1.

The A’s gave up 4 runs in the 7th inning and for the game committed 3 errors in their 5-4 loss to the Angels.

Texas starter Lisalverto Bonilla had a solid outing and the Rangers scored 4 runs in the 7th inning in their 5-1 win over the Astros.

The Rangers are 8-7 against the A’s this season.

The A’s are 8-4 against the Angels this season.

Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

The A’s are 1-5 in Jason Hammel’s last 6 starts.

The Rangers are 2-8 in Colby Lewis’ last 10 home starts.

In the last 4 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over every time.

The A’s are 8-1 in their last 9 games against the Rangers in Texas.

Pitching Match Up

Oakland: Jason Hammel (2-6, 4.52 ERA)
Texas: Colby Lewis (10-14, 5.34 ERA)

Betting Odds

Money Line: Athletics -143 / Rangers +133
Run Line: Athletics -1.5 +110
Total Line: Under 8.5 -115

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records

Oakland A’s: 86-72 SU / O/U 76-74 / Run Line W/L 75-83
Texas Rangers: 65-93 SU / O/U 69-79 / Run Line W/L 69-89

Key Betting Trends

• OAK is 8-18 in their last 26 overall.
• OAK is 5-14 in their last 19 road games.
• OAK has an Under record of 5-0 in their last 5 road games.
• TEX is 11-1 in their last 12 overall.
• TEX is 6-0 in their last 6 home games.
• TEX has an Under record of 4-0 in their last 4 games.

Key Player Injuries

A’S

Kyle Blanks Strained left calf on 60-day DL(6/23)
A.J. Griffin Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/21)
John Jaso Concussion on 15-day DL(8/24)
Jarrod Parker Right elbow surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(3/20)

RANGERS

Engel Beltre Fractured right tibia on 60-day DL(3/26)
Shin-Soo Choo Bone spur, left elbow on 60-day DL(8/24)
Yu Darvish Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(8/10)
Prince Fielder Neck surgery – out for season on 60-day DL(5/17)
Pedro Figueroa Torn UCL, left elbow on 60-day DL(4/23)
Matt Harrison Lower back inflammation on 60-day DL(5/14)
Kevin Kouzmanoff Herniated disc on 60-day DL(4/23)
Mitch Moreland Os Trigonum Syndrome, left ankle on 60-day DL(6/8)
Alexi Ogando Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(6/4)
Martin Perez Left elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(5/11)
Jurickson Profar Torn right shoulder muscle on 60-day DL(3/23)
Tanner Scheppers Right elbow inflammation on 60-day DL(6/11)

Free MLB Pick

This is more of a value play than anything else. The Rangers have been on a tear winning 11 of their last 12. Texas starter Colby Lewis hasn’t been very good at home this season, but has pitched well in his last two at home holding the Angels and Braves to just 3 earned runs over 14 innings. Historically he has pitched well against Oakland and has a win under his belt from his start versus them this season. A’s starter Jason Hammel has looked better in his last two road starts, but he or Oakland has yet to win one of his starts as a visitor (0-6).

Take the Texas Rangers +130

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