Oakland Athletics (10-8) @ Texas Rangers (6-7)
April 14, 2019, 3:05 PM ET (Globe Life Park in Arlington)
Probable Pitchers: Brett Anderson (3-0 2.50 ERA) vs. Adrian Sampson (0-1 1.86 ERA)
Line: Oakland Athletics -134 Texas Rangers +124
Run Line: Oakland Athletics -1.5
The Oakland Athletics have been great at the plate to start the season as the team has 34 home runs so far which are good enough for second in the majors. Khris Davis has been the major league’s best power hitter with his league-leading 10th home run which is also a franchise record through 18 games. Oakland has chosen to have Brett Anderson to start this game with Marco Estrada, who was scheduled to start yesterday’s game until it was rained out, going to start on Tuesday. Anderson has yet to allow more than three earned runs in any of his three starts and is coming off a start that saw him 6 2/3 innings with two runs allowed on seven hits while adding four strikeouts.
The Texas Rangers got another off day with Saturday’s rainout as they have played just 13 games this season. The Rangers have elected to keep Saturday’s starter Adrian Sampson to still make his season debut as a starter after Saturday’s postponement. Texas has struggled on the mound as they rank 24th in the MLB with a 5.32 ERA. They also have the least strikeout in the majors at 96 and are allowing teams to hit .279 against them which is second worst in the league. The Rangers have also had trouble closing out games with two of their five save opportunities having been blown. Texas will be without second baseman Rougned Odor who sprained his knee during warmup for Friday’s game and has been placed on the 10-day injured list.
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Oakland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing Oakland
Texas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
Both of these teams look to be heading in very different directions with the Rangers trying to rebuild quickly and the Athletics looking to get back to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Rangers elected to not change their starting pitcher and will hope that’s the right move. Anderson has been the best starter for the Athletics this year so it’s no surprise they want him on the mound as much as possible. Both bullpens should be fresh with Saturday off and the Rangers could be quick to pull Sampson if he struggles early against Oakland. Look for the Athletics to continue their hot hitting and Anderson to have a very strong outing as he will add to his brilliant start to the season as Oakland pushes their win streak to five games.