|MLB Betting Preview - Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics (Monday 10:05 ET)
By Matt Fargo
The Rangers are four games back in the American League West and while many think that race is over, I give a lot of credit to Texas for hanging close during the Angels massive run of 17-3 over their last 20 games as the Rangers have gone 11-3 over their last 14 games.
Texas is actually in better shape in the Wild Card race as it trails the Red Sox by just 2.5 games.
The Rangers are one of the surprises in baseball as pitching was a major concern coming into the season but it has been strong throughout.
Oakland lost its weekend series with the Blue Jays and this team is going nowhere. Offensively, it is one of the below average teams in the league but the pitching has been the problem of late.
The starting pitching has an ERA of 7.41 over its last 10 games while the bullpen has posted a 5.16 ERA over that span.
The A's send Brett Anderson to the hill and he has been really strong of late as he has allowed three runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts but surprisingly, the majority of that success came on the road.
He has a 4.01 ERA and 1.29 WHIP at home which are definitely decent but just three of his seven home starts have been quality outings with Oakland going 2-5 in those games.
Dustin Nippert will be making his fourth start this season and while he has been anything but spectacular, he has been good enough to keep Texas in the game.
This matchup is mainly about the teams and the value we get in the line that we get which is mostly affected by the starting pitching.
The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 road games against a team with a losing record while the A's are 14-29 in their last 43 games against a team with a winning record. Also, Texas is 20-9 against division opponents this season.
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