Rangers vs. A’s Picks & Predictions 7/22/22

by | Jul 22, 2022 | mlb

Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Friday, July 22nd, 09:40 ET
Location: T-Mobile Park
TV: NBCSCA
Money Line: Rangers -115 / Athletics -105
Total Line: 7
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STARTING PITCHING

Texas: Glenn Otto (4-6, 5.4)
Oakland: Cole Irvin (4-7, 3.12)

Rangers Projected Lineup

Elier Hernandez OF
Nick Solak 2B
Kole Calhoun LF
Adolis Garcia RF
Charlie Culberson 3B
Leody Taveras CF
Jonah Heim C
Marcus Semien 2B
Corey Seager SS
Glenn Otto P

Athletics Projected Lineup

Skye Bolt CF
Tony Kemp 2B
Stephen Piscotty RF
Ramón Laureano CF
Elvis Andrus SS
Vimael Machín 3B
Nick Allen 2B
Sean Murphy C
Seth Brown RF
Cole Irvin P

STRAIGHT UP/ OVER/UNDER / RUN LINE RECORDS

Texas Rangers: 41-49-0 SU / OU 43-42-6 / Run Line W/L 53-38-0
Oakland Athletics: 32-61-0 SU / OU 37-51-7 / Run Line W/L 46-49-0The Oakland Athletics host the Texas Rangers on Friday, July 22nd at T-Mobile Park. The first pitch in this matchup is scheduled for 09:40 ET. The MLB Odds Board places Oakland as the favorite (OFF), with an OU line set at OFF.

Recent Form

The Texas Rangers will look to pick up another big win after they defeated the Marlins by a score of 8-0. On their way to the victory, the pitching staff gave up 0 runs on 7 hits. The Rangers lineup had a good night at the plate, coming up with 11 hits, leading to 8 runs. This victory came despite being the betting underdog, getting 115.0 on the moneyline. Together, the Rangers and Marlins combined to surpass the over-under betting line set at 6.5 runs. So far, Texas has an above .500 over-under record of 43-42-6.

After their 5 most recent games, the Rangers have gone just 1-4. In this rough stretch of games, the team’s run differential comes in at -3. A key reason for Texas’s recent struggles is an offense averaging just 4.0 runs per game over their last 5 contests, compared to a season average of 4.55. Texas’s overall series record is just 12-15-3.

The Oakland Athletics will be looking to pick up another win, as they most recently defeated the Tigers by 5 runs (5-0). In the winning effort, the team’s pitchers held the Tigers to 0 runs and 4 hits. At the plate, the Athletics scored 5 times on 10 hits. Oakland picked up the win while being favored at -175.0. So far, the team has won 40.0% of the games in which they were favored. With this result, the Athletics and Tigers combined to fall below the over-under line of 7.0 runs. Now, Oakland had an over-under record of 37-51-7.

In their last 5 games, the Athletics have put together a record of 3-2. Oakland has managed to play above .500 baseball, despite their last 5 scoring margin sitting at 0. Oakland has benefited from strong pitching, as their offense has slipped in their last 5 games, averaging just 3.2 runs per game. Their overall average sits at 3.29. Oakland has a below .500 series record of just 7-21-2.

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Pitching Matchup

Glenn Otto gets the start for the Rangers, with an overall record of 4-6. So far, Otto has put together an ERA of 5.4. In his appearances leading up to today, he has lasted an average of 4.71 innings. Teams have been able to rack up runs against him, as he has a batting average allowed of 0.249. Opponents are hitting for power against Otto, as his HR/9 figure sits at 1.18. This season, he has struck out 17.0 of the batters he has faced. This has led to a per-game average of 3.62. Command has been a problem for Otto, as he is giving up 4.96 walks per outing.

Cole Irvin gets the start for the Athletics, with an overall record of 4-7. Heading into the game, Irvin has appeared in 16 contests, posting an ERA of just 3.12. On average, he pitches 5.94 innings per appearance. This season opponents are hitting 0.238 against Irvin. Opposing batters are hitting for power at a below-average rate against Irvin, as he is allowing just 1.04 per 9 innings. Overall, Cole Irvin has struck out 16.0% of the batters he has faced. On average, he averages 3.88 K’s per game. For the season, he has struggled with command averaging 1.79 walks per outing.

Texas vs Oakland History

For the season, the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics will be playing their 11th game of the season. So far, Texas is leading the season series, 7-3. Through 10 games, the series’ over-under record is 6-4, with the average run total sitting at 10.05 runs per game. In these matchups, the average scoring differential sits at 3.7 runs. Dating back to last season, Oakland picked up 10 wins compared to 9, taking the season series. The over-under record in last year’s matchups was 12-7, with the average run total being 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 Texas’s last 6 games when playing Oakland
  • Texas is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Oakland
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 6 games when playing Texas
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland’s last 6 games

Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Prediction

Heading into Friday’s American League matchup between Texas and Oakland, the odds suggest this game could go either way. However, I give the edge to the Athletics, as they have a heavy advantage on the mound. Starter Cole Irvin may not have an eye-popping record, but he has given up just 3 earned runs over his last 3 starts. On the other side, Texas has lost 5 straight games with Glenn Otto on the mound.

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