Rangers vs Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 5/14/23

Oakland Athletics (9-32) vs Texas Rangers (24-15)

Game Info: Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 4:07 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

JP Sears (0-3) (5.54) vs Andrew Heaney (2-3) (5.25)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +130 / Texas Rangers -167 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at the Oakland Coliseum. The Rangers have won two of the first three games of this series. 

Rangers Betting Preview

The Rangers sit with a 24-15 record overall and in the two wins in this series they have given up only one run total. On Saturday they gave up only five hits and zero runs. The Rangers are averaging 6.23 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.95 runs per game. The offense is ranked 1st while the pitching is ranked 8th. On the mound for the Rangers will be Andrew Heaney who sits with a 2-3 record and an ERA of 5.25. In his last start against the Seattle Mariners he went 6.2 innings giving up four hits and four runs. They need better pitching in this game from Heaney. 

A’s Betting Preview

The A”s sit with a 9-32 record and far too often the offense has done what they did on Saturday, not score any runs. The A’s are averaging 3.88 runs while their pitching is giving up 7.44 runs per game. The offense is ranked 27th in the league while the pitching is ranked 30th. If they want to turn around this season they need to get better starts from the starting pitching. On the mound for the A’s is Drew Rucinski who sits with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 8.16. In his last start against the Yankees he went five innings giving up six this and seven runs. 

Rangers vs A’s Trends

Rangers are 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games. Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400. Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. Athletics are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. American League West. Over is 8-1 in Athletics last 9 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game. Over is 12-2 in Rangers last 14 when their opponent scores 2 runs or less in their previous game.

Shane’s Free Pick

Rucinski is coming off an awful start where he gave up seven runs, and it’s not going to get any easier in this game. Heaney has also had his issues for Texas, and Oakland is going to have one of their better offensive games of the season. This game is going to be higher scoring and the over will cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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