The Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers play game two fo their series on Tuesday night in Texas. The Texas Rangers took game one of the series 8-3. Cole Irvin will get the ball for the Oakland Athletics. He has a record of 4-7 and a 3.89 ERA. The Rangers will send Taylor Hearn to the hill with a 2-1 record and a 4.84. This is a bullpen game for the Rangers so the Athletics should be able to take adanvtage.
The Pick: Athletics ML (-134)
The Why: Athletics pitching and hitting
The Athletics come into this game on a three game skid but have been one of the best teams in the league all season. They rank 13th in baseball in runs scored and are middle of the pack in average. For the Rangers, they have struggled all season scoring runs, ranking 24th in runs scored and 21st in hits. Cole Irvin comes into this start pitching well of late allowing one earned run in two of his last three starts. Also, the Athletics have won each of his last three outings.
Matt Olson leads the Athletics in hitting with a .304 AVG and .615 slugging percentage. He also leads the team in home runs, RBIs, hits and OBP. Pitching for the Rangers has not been something that they can rely on. They rank 22nd in MLB with a ERA of 4.59. Tonights start for Hearn will be his first since 2019. Since this is a bullpen game this benefits the Athletics even more because the Ranger’s bullpen is not great.
We’re rolling with the Athletics on the ML in this game. This is a pretty good price considering the struggles of the Rangers this year and Athletics rank second in the division behind the Astros. At the end of the day, the Matt Olson and the Athletics are better top to bottom than the Rangers are. Take the Athletics
Trends We’re Betting On
Athletics are 14-5 SU last 19 games against the Rangers
Athletics are 7-3 SU in the last 10 games
Rangers are 1-6 SU in the last 7 games
Rangers are 2-6 SU in the last 8 home games
Yesterday’s Pick: Astros ML 💰
Good to get a win. More to come.
AtoZ Pick Of The Day Record: 9-11-1
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