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Athletics Rangers Betting Predictions – A's Try To Hold On In American League Wild Card Race

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 9/23/2012 6:32:20 PM

The Oakland Athletics are still in the lead position for the American League wild card race. They have a small amount of leeway, but they need to make sure they don't get swept in Texas.

Oakland Athletics @ Texas Rangers – Series Overview

Game 1: Monday, September 24

Sport betting experts will find the first game of this series an intriguing one to assess. Brett Anderson is the starting pitcher for Oakland. He has a gleaming 1.93 earned-run average to his credit, but that figure is based on only five starts (and five appearances). Anderson is beginning to collect enough starts to make him more of a target for opposing hitters. The Texas Rangers have the best batting order in baseball, and they should be able to gain a scouting report on Anderson that will give them ample information.

The Rangers should be able to scratch out at least three or four runs against the Athletics in this contest. The worry for the Rangers – and conversely, the hope for the A's – is that Texas starter Derek Holland has a 4.50 earned-run average, meaning that even with Anderson's comparative youth and inexperience, Oakland might still enjoy a slight advantage in this pitching matchup. It will be a close call, but the sense here is that Oakland will draw first blood in this series.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland

Game 2: Tuesday, September 25

This is pure high-stakes poker, otherwise known as baseball played in the final week and a half of a long regular season. The A's know that they can't slip up too much in Texas, but the Rangers – as the two-time defending American League champions – are where they are for a reason. They're likely to strike back in this contest.

The pitching matchup is pretty much a dead heat in this game, the second in the three-game series. Tommy Milone goes to the bump for Oakland, carrying a 3.81 earned-run average. Texas starter Yu Darvish has a 4.02 earned-run average, only two-tenths of a run higher than Milone's mark. This is basically a wash in terms of the starting pitching, which means that Texas – blessed with a better and more fearsome batting order – should be able to get more clutch hits in key situations. Take the Rangers in game two.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

Game 3: Wednesday, September 26

When the best online betting sites size up this final game in the present moment, they're going to do so without knowing the announced starters for this contest. The Rangers, in particular, are in control of the American League West Division race, so they can think ahead a little bit in terms of whom they want on the mound. Oakland will need to put its best starter on the hill in this game, even if that means forcing a pitcher to go on short rest. Yes, that's what late-September baseball sometimes demands. If forced to go in a particular direction in this game, choose Texas. The American League's standard bearer is tough to pick against at home.

MLB Betting Pick: Texas

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