Athletics vs Rangers Prediction - MLB Picks 4/22/23

Texas Rangers (12-6) vs Oakland Athletics (3-16)

Game Info: Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Andrew Heaney (1-1) (4.97) vs Shintaro Fujinami (0-3) (11.37)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -256 / Oakland Athletics +190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers will play game two of their divisional set in Austin from Globe Life Field. Oakland stole game one in the ninth inning, 5-4. 

Athletics Betting Preview

Oakland moved to 4-16 following the win over Texas. The Athletics snapped a seven-game losing streak, and they’ll look to spoil the Rangers’ weekend further here. The Oakland offense is scoring 2.81 runs per game, while batting .198, with a .270 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 7.36 ERA, with a 1.65 WHIP. Brent Rooker has been one of the lone bright for the A’s this season, and after recording a hit in eight of his last ten games, he leads the team in batting (.325) and RBI (11). 

Shintaro Fujinami (0-2, 12.15 ERA, 15 Ks) will get the start for Oakland. The former Hanshin Tigers pitcher has struggled early as he adjusts to the MLB, but his last start versus the Mets could provide minor optimism going forward. Fujinami lasted six full innings and struck out five, while allowing just three runs, marking the best finish for all three stats through his first three starts.  

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Rangers Betting Preview

Texas moved to 12-7 after falling to Oakland. The Rangers had their four-game win streak snapped by the four-win A’s, and they’ll look to bounce back into the win column on Saturday. The Texas offense is scoring 4.37 runs per game, while batting .202, with a .264 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.61 ERA, with a 1.21 WHIP. Josh Jung is carrying a nine-game hit streak into this one, and he leads the Rangers in batting (.282) with Corey Seager injured. Marcus Semien is tied for the team lead at .282, and after producing a RBI in five straight games prior to yesterday, he’s first on the team in RBI (18).

Andrew Heaney (1-1, 4.97 ERA, 16 Ks) will take the bump for Texas. The eleventh-year pitcher responded to a rough season debut with a historic 10-strikeout performance versus Kansas City, and he doubled-down last time out versus in-state foe Houston. Heaney only tossed four strikeouts, but he tossed five innings of shutout ball to help push the Rangers past the defending World Series champs.  

Oakland vs Texas Trends

Oakland is 8-12 against the spread this season, with a 13-6-1 over/under record. Texas is 11-8 ATS this year, with a 13-6 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Texas may have a feasible matchup with Shintaro Fujinami set to start Saturday. The first-year pitcher is slowly adjusting to the majors, but he may show signs of vulnerability in Austin, and I like the Rangers finding success off of him. Trust Texas in a bounce back effort here at home here, and with both teams trending positively with the total, double down with the Over for this AL West matchup.

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Corey’s Pick Rangers -1.5

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