Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers – 4/9/2017 Free Pick & MLB Betting Prediction

April 9, 2017


Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 3:05 PM ET
Venue: Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Sean Manaea vs. Martin Perez


Oakland has gotten off to a solid start. They are by far the worst team in the division so it is just a matter of time before a fade. Khris Davis, with three homers through Friday action looks determined to prove that last season was no fluke. I just don’t see his offense as being enough.

Sean Manaea is a big lefty who looked really good as a lefty last season.  A generation ago they were able to turn their young hurlers into stars like Barry Zito but lately, more have been one hit wonders. The jury is definitely still out on Manaea. His first start was not great.

Texas Rangers

Texas did not look good getting swept by Cleveland to start the season but the took the opener of this series on Friday.  Their level is probably somewhere in the middle. Nomar Mazara has been the early offensive star. He started fast last year as a rookie if memory serves.

Martin Perez might be the true definition of an average starting pitcher. Rumour has it he picked up a few ticks on his fastball but I also heard they are measuring it differently this season so a lot of guys numbers might go up. He always scares me a little regardless of opponent.

MLB Baseball Betting Trends:

  • OAK are 2-6 in their last 8 road games.
  • OAK are 5-13 in their last 18 overall.
  • OAK are 5-13 in their last 18 games on grass.
  • TEX are 1-8 in their last 9 overall.
  • TEX are 1-7 in their last 8 games on grass.
  • TEX are 1-7 in their last 8 home games.

Free Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers MLB Prediction:

MLB betting is always tricky due to the money line nature of it all. I think I am going to like the value a lot better with Oakland in this one than with home Texas.

4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Oakland ML

Look for Manaea to stymie Texas just enough early. The A”s bullpen might be the strength of the team and they will be able to close things out.

MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 4 – Texas 3