Rangers vs Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 5/11/23

Oakland Athletics (8-30) vs Texas Rangers (22-14)

Game Info: Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

TBD () () vs Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) (3.22)

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The Texas Rangers will play the Oakland Athletics in Game 1 of their series on Thursday night at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 22-14 this season and they have won four of their last five games. Texas is coming off of a series win against Seattle, where they won two out of three games. The Texas pitching staff has a 3.70 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average this season. The Rangers offense has scored 227 runs with a .266 batting average and a .339 on base percentage. Adolis Garcia is batting .252 with nine home runs and 36 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Nathan Eovaldi, who is 4-2 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over 44.2 innings pitched this year. 

Athletics Preview

The Oakland Athletics are 8-30 this season and they have lost four games in a row. Oakland is coming off of a series loss to the Yankees, where they lost all three games in the series. The Oakland pitching staff has a 7.43 ERA, a 1.73 WHIP, and a .288 opponent batting average. The Athletics offense has scored 147 runs with a .233 batting average and a .314 on base percentage this year. Brent Rooker is batting .317 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI’s for the Athletics. The projected starting pitcher for Oakland is currently undecided. 

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Texas comes into this game playing very well this season and they are currently leading the AL West. The Rangers have been one of the better hitting teams so far this season, which is not a good sign for Oakland. The Athletics have the worst team ERA in baseball, which is over seven. Oakland was out score by a total of 22-8 in their last series. Texas is starting Nathan Eovaldi, who has allowed zero earned runs over his last two starts (17IP). Oakland has not officially announced a starting pitcher for this game, but I like the Rangers to have a big day against whoever they decide to start. I am taking Texas -1.5 here. 

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David’s Pick Rangers -1.5

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