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Texas Rangers vs Oakland Athletics (12:37pm)

Updated: May 15

Last night, the Athletics came up short against the Rangers despite Alex Wood's strong effort. However, I anticipate a strong bounceback from Oakland! Ross Stripling will take the mound for Oakland, aiming to settle a score after being roughed up by Texas in April, surrendering 6 runs. Since then, he's performed admirably, limiting his next four opponents to three runs or fewer. Despite yesterday's bullpen hiccup, Oakland still boasts a solid one with a 3.04 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, stifling opponents to a .228 batting average and .283 on-base percentage in day games. Current Rangers hitters have struggled against Stripling, batting just .080 in their 25 combined at-bats against him.

On the Rangers side, Jose Urena (0-2, 4.35 ERA) will start, seeking his first win of the season after primarily serving in relief for his past 10 appearances. If he falters, Texas might resort to a bullpen game, which could spell trouble given their bullpen's 6.45 ERA in 16 road games this season. Facing a potent Oakland offense, which has averaged 6.9 runs per game over their last 5 outings, the Rangers' pitching depth might be tested.

Interestingly, despite public favor tipping heavily towards the Rangers (81% of the tickets), the betting line has shifted against them. Initially favored at -148, the odds have slid to -120, indicating substantial smart money backing Oakland. Furthermore, Oakland has displayed resilience, winning six of their last seven day games following a loss. Considering these factors, taking Oakland at the underdog price seems like the right move this afternoon.

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Pick: Oakland Athletics ML +107

🍀Best of luck!



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