A’s vs. Rangers Total Play 8/17/22

by | Aug 17, 2022 | mlb

Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers

Date: Wednesday August 17th, 08:05 ET

Location: Globe Life Field

TV: Bally Sports Southwest

Money Line: Athletics +146 / Rangers -156 (BetNow - Use promo code PREDICTEM and they’ll give you a 100% bonus up to $500!)

Total Line: 8.5

STARTING PITCHING

Oakland: Adam Oller (1-5, 7.26)
Texas: Cole Ragans (0-1, 4.82)

Athletics Projected Lineup

Seth Brown 1B
David MacKinnon 1B
Elvis Andrus SS
Shea Langeliers C
Chad Pinder LF
Jonah Bride 1B
Nick Allen 2B
Sean Murphy C
Skye Bolt RF
Adam Oller P

Rangers Projected Lineup

Jonah Heim C
Ezequiel Duran 3B
Nate Lowe 1B
Leody Taveras CF
Adolis Garcia RF
Josh H. Smith 3B
Bubba Thompson LF
Corey Seager SS
Marcus Semien 2B
Cole Ragans P

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Oakland Athletics: 42-75-0 SU / OU 48-62-7 / Run Line W/L 57-60-0
Texas Rangers: 52-64-0 SU / OU 57-51-8 / Run Line W/L 65-51-0

The Texas Rangers host the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday August 17th at Globe Life Field. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 08:05 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Texas as the favorite (-165), with an OU line set at 8.5.

Recent Form

In Oakland’s last game vs the Rangers, the Athletics came away with a 5-1 win. Overall, the team’s pitching staff limited the Rangers to 1 run on 9 hits. The Athletics benefited from an offense that generated 5 runs on 11 hits. This victory came despite being the betting underdog, getting 115.0 on the moneyline. d Together, the Athletics and Rangers stayed below the over-under line set at 8.0 runs. So far, Oakland has been a good candidate to fall below the betting line, as their over-under record sits at just 48-62-7.

The Athletics will be hoping to pick up a win in today’s matchup, as they have gone just 1-4 over their last 5 games. This mark has come on an average run margin of just -10. A key reason for Oakland’s recent struggles is an offense averaging just 2.8 runs per game over their last 5 contests, compared to a season average of 3.36. Oakland’s overall series record is just 10-25-3.

Texas is coming off a 4 run loss to the Athletics. Dropping the game 5-1. In the game, the team’s pitching staff allowed a total of 11 hits, leading to 5 runs. With their 9 hits, the Rangers could only plate 1 runner. Texas came away with a loss, despite being favored on the moneyline (-135.0). So far, the team has won 42.0% of the games in which they were favored. Combined, the Rangers and Athletics’ run total fell below the over-under line of 8.0 runs. Texas still has an above .500 over-under record at (57-51-8).

In their last 5 games, the Rangers have put together a record of 3-2. They have managed to pick up these wins despite having a negative run differential over their last 5 games (-2). Texas has played above .500 baseball, despite averaging just 3.4 runs in their last 5 games. This is a drop in production compared to their season average of 4.43. Texas has a below .500 series record of just 14-19-5.

Pitching Matchup

Adam Oller gets the start for the Athletics, with an overall record of 1-5. So far, Oller has put together an ERA of 7.26. In his appearances leading up to today, he has lasted an average of 3.44 innings. Compared to other starters, the right-hander has a high BA allowed, currently sitting at 0.299. Opposing batters have been able to drive the ball with power against Oller, averaging 2.25 homers per 9 innings pitched. Up to this point, Oller has a strikeout percentage of just 14% and a per game average of 2.21. In his previous outings, walks have been an issue, as Oller is averaging 5.03 free passes per outing.

The Texas Rangers will send Cole Ragans to the mound with an overall record of 0-1. Ragans gets the start with an ERA of 4.82. On average, he has lasted 4.55 innings per appearance. Ragans’s opponent batting average currently sits at 0.243. Opposing hitters are hitting home runs at an above-average rate against Ragans. This year, he is allowing 1.98 HRs per 9 innings pitched. Up to this point, Ragans has a strikeout percentage of just 9.0% and a per game average of 2.0. Throughout the season, Ragans has avoided walking batters, allowing just 6.75 per contest.

Oakland vs Texas History

Today’s matchup between the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers will be their 16th meeting of the season. Texas holds the edge in the series at 9-6. Through 15 games, the series over-under record is 8-7, with the average run total sitting at 10.05 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 3.2 runs. Going back to last year, Oakland won the season series, 10 games to 9. In these 19 meetings, the two teams combined for an over-under record of 12-7. Last year, the Athletics and Rangers averaged 10.05 runs per game. On average, the winning team won by a margin of 3.53 runs per contest.

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oakland’s last 14 games on the road
  • Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’s last 8 games

Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers Prediction

Heading into Wednesday’s matchup between Oakland and Texas, the over-under betting line is set at 8.5 runs. Look for this to be a high-scoring game as both offenses could come alive with Adam Oller and Cole Ragans on the mound. I recommend taking the over.

Free MLB Pick: Over 8.5 Runs.

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