A sinking ship collides with a sunken ship as Oakland hosts Texas in the first of a three game series tonight. Once cruising along atop the American League West, the Athletics are now fighting for a Wild Card playoff spot while the Rangers are sporting the worst record in baseball and have long been eliminated from postseason play. First pitch is slated for 10:05 PM ET on September 16, 2014, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
Athletics once promising season has crashed and burned
After cruising into the All-Star break with a 59-36 record, the unofficial second half of the 2014 MLB season has been a nightmare for Oakland. The Athletics, who owned a six game lead in the AL West on June 19, have posted a 24-30 record since the All-Star break and have watched the LA Angeles win the division. Not all is lost yet as the A’s still own the top Wild Card position as they lead the Royals by one game and the Mariners by two.
Oakland has a pitching advantage over Texas in this AL West tilt
Athletics LHP Scott Kazmir ended July with a 12-3 record but a rough August, plus no run support in one of his September starts, has pushed his mark down to 14-8 overall. Kazmir’s last start, a solid one run on four hits over eight innings outing, was ruined when Oakland was shutout 1-0 against the White Sox in Chicago. Texas sends RHP Nick Tepesch (4-10 ERA 4.47) to the hill and the Rangers have lost his last four starts. In those contests, Tepesch has given up 15 runs on 28 hits over 22 innings pitched. Both teams were off on Monday.
MLB Prediction: The bet365 bookmakers.com still view Oakland as a tough out. The Athletics are somewhat undeservingly thick home chalk tonight. The A’s winning their last two games, over playoff contending Seattle, has an impact on this price. The Rangers raunchy 57-92 record affects the odds here as well. Back the Athletics with a 500 unit wager on the money line odds posted on the betting board at the Bet385 online sportsbook.
Oakland Athletics vs Texas Rangers – bet365 MLB Betting Lines
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