Athletics Look to Maintain Dominant Ways Against Rangers (09/09/2018)

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The Oakland Athletics will attempt to cultivate their winning disposition and will look to strive for their fourth consecutive victory as they get ready to resume hostilities with the Texas Rangers. The Athletics, who have won 8 of the last 9 contests against Texas, are scheduled to compete in the finale of a three-game series set to be broadcasted by the FOX Sports network (Southwest) at 4:05 p.m. ET and live from Coliseum in Oakland.

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Moneyline: Athletics -1.5 (-120)
Total: 9 Under -115

The Athletics, who have won 13 of the last 16 home games against the Rangers, enter this affair as a -235 home favorite, according to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total sitting on 9 runs. RH Ariel Jurado (2-4, 6.00 ERA) will attempt to notch his first victory in over a month as he is set to thread the hill for the Rangers while RH Trevor Cahill (6-3, 3.60 ERA) will look to nab back-to-back victories as he gets the call in the finale for the Athletics.

Jurado has struggled in his maiden season for the Rangers as he has posted only one quality start in his seven career outings as a rookie. The 22-year was lit up in his last four starts in which he posted a 0-3 dossier with a hefty 8.84 ERA during that stretch. He threw four scoreless innings with two hits with a walk and a strikeout in a relief appearance on Monday. The Panama native lost his lone career start against the A’s back on August 21.

Cahill has been ordinary at best in his last three starts failing to reach the sixth inning in each of the outings. The 30-year old has only posted three quality starts in his last nine games since the All-Star break. The righty allowed three runs (two earned) across four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in 5 innings in a 6-3 victory against the Yankees back on Monday. The California native is 11-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 19-career starts against the Rangers.

Prediction: Oakland 7 – Texas 4

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Team record: 61-81 SU
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
Texas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’s last 8 games

Team record: 86-57 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Oakland is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland’s last 8 games

Next up:
Texas at Los Angeles Monday, September 10
Oakland at Baltimore Tuesday, September 11