The Rangers come into Thursday's AL West matchup vs. the Athletics as the heavy favorite with Jon Gray on the mound. Oakland is starting JP Sears, and the Athletics are just 4-8 this season compared to 7-5 for the Rangers. This game will be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, with the first pitch set for 2:35. The over/under line for the game is currently at 9.5 runs.

Television coverage for Thursday's matchup is being handled by BSSW, and the Rangers are currently offering a money line payout of -188 compared to the Athletics at +157. A win for Oakland would certainly provide a nice payout, and the first pitch is just a few hours away.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS VS TEXAS RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: OVER 9.5 Runs

This game will be played at Globe Life Field at 2:35 ET on Thursday, April 11th.

HOW TO BET THE ATHLETICS VS RANGERS:

  • We have the Rangers winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • However, if you're looking for a run line pick, we like the Athletics to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

The Texas Rangers and Athletics played the last game of their series, with the Rangers coming out on top by a score of 6-2. Despite the loss, the Athletics were the underdog at +161. The Rangers were favored at -195.

Both teams finished with nine hits, but the Athletics couldn't get much going after the 1st inning, where they scored their only run off the Rangers' starter, Cody Bradford. The A's also hit one home run, compared to zero for the Rangers.

Adolis Garcia had a big day at the plate for the Rangers, going 3/3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Marcus Semien and Jonah Heim also drove in two runs apiece. As for the Athletics, Zack Gelof hit a home run, and Abraham Toro went 3/5 with an RBI.

Athletics Records & Stats

Despite being in last place in the AL West, the Athletics are just three games behind the Rangers for the division lead. They have played well on the road this season, going 3-2 compared to just 1-6 at home. Oakland has struggled in night games, going just 1-4.

So far this season, the Athletics have been an underdog in every game and have gone 4-8 in those contests. They have already played the Rangers once this season and are 1-2 in the series.

When the Athletics win, they win big, with an average run margin of 3.0 runs per game. But when they lose, they lose big, with an average run margin of -4.4 runs per game. They are 7-5 against the run line this season, including a 4-1 mark on the road. They have been the underdog in all 12 games.

So far, the Oakland Athletics have played 11 games this season, with the over/under record being 6-5. The average over/under line for their games has been 8 runs. Their average combined runs per game is 7.9. In their last 10 games, the over/under record is 5-5. Their last two games have gone under the line, and the over/under line for today's game against the Texas Rangers is 9.5 runs.

JP Sears is on the mound for the Athletics today, and he is coming off a no-decision in his first start of the season, where he went 5 2/3 innings and gave up 4 runs. His first start was on the road against the Tigers, and he took the loss, going 3 2/3 innings and giving up 5 runs.

For the Athletics, we have Brent Rooker as our top projected power hitter in this game. He has the 5th highest home run projection in the league today. J.D. Davis is our 12th highest projected home run hitter in the league. Shea Langeliers is also in the top 10 in terms of home run projections for today's slate.

Rangers Records & Stats

After dropping the first game of the series, the Rangers were able to bounce back and win the second game, moving their series record to 2-0-1. Overall, they are 7-5 on the season and are currently in first place in the AL West. They have a 3-3 division record and are 5-4 at home.

As the favorite, the Rangers have gone 3-4, but they have been better as the underdog, going 4-1. They will be looking to win the series against the Athletics, who are currently in 4th place in the AL West.

The Rangers have an average run margin of +1.8 runs per game this season, and they are 6-6 against the run line. They have been a better bet on the run line at home, going 4-5 compared to 2-1 on the road. They have been an underdog in 5 of their 7 games and are 4-1 against the run line in those games.

The Texas Rangers have had a combined run average of 9.4 runs per game this season, and their over/under record is 5-7. The average over/under line in their games has been 9 runs, but today's line is set at 9.5 runs. In games with an over/under line of 9.5 runs, the over is 1-0. The Rangers have gone under in their last two games, and their games have had an over/under line of 9.5 runs in 33.3% of their games this season.

Jon Gray is getting the start at home for the Rangers against the Athletics. Gray has started two games so far this season, and both have been at home. He has yet to pick up a win, going 3 2/3 innings in both starts. In his first start, he gave up five runs on seven hits and then followed that up by giving up two runs in 3 2/3 innings vs. the Astros.

Based on our projections, Corey Seager is our top hitter for the Rangers in this game. He has the 5th highest total hits projection in the league today and his home run projection is 2nd best on the team and 2nd best in today's slate of games. Marcus Semien is also expected to have a solid game, as his total hits projection is 7th best in the league. Adolis García is our top projected home run hitter in this game and has the best odds to hit a home run out of any player in today's games.