Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, April 21, 2023

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Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, April 21, 2023

MLB Predictions

The Texas Rangers (12-6) will vie for their fifth straight victory when they host the Oakland Athletics (3-16) on Friday at 8:05 PM ET on BSSWX. The Rangers are listed as -217 favorites by bookmakers, while the Athletics are +181 underdogs.

Jon Gray takes the mound for Texas while JP Sears is Oakland’s starter for the contest.

Rangers vs. Athletics Odds

  • Rangers odds to win: -217
  • Athletics odds to win: +181
  • Spread: Rangers -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, April 21, 2023
  • Time: 8:05 PM ET

Who Will Win Rangers vs. Athletics?

Rangers and Athletics Betting Trends

The Rangers have gone 7-3 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 70% of those games).

Texas has played as moneyline favorites of -217 or shorter in just two games this season, which it won both.

This season, the Athletics have won three out of the 19 games, or 15.8%, in which they’ve been the underdog.

Oakland has not won as an underdog of +181 or more on the moneyline this season in five such games.

The Rangers have played in 18 games with a set over/under, and have combined with their opponents to go over the total 12 times (12-6-0).

Games involving the Athletics have gone over the total set by oddsmakers in 12 of 19 chances this season.

Rangers Stats & Insights

The Rangers score the second-most runs in baseball (112 total, 6.2 per game).

Texas ranks 14th in baseball with 21 home runs. They average 1.2 per game.

The Rangers are 12th in MLB with a .250 batting average.

Texas’ batters strike out 8.3 times per game, the seventh-lowest average in MLB.

The 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Rangers pitching staff ranks fifth in the majors.

Texas has a 3.49 team ERA that ranks eighth among all MLB pitching staffs.

Athletics Stats & Insights

The Athletics have scored 65 runs (just 3.4 per game) this season, which ranks 26th in MLB.

Oakland has hit 16 homers this season, which ranks 25th in the majors.

The Athletics have a team batting average of just .225 this season, which ranks 27th among MLB teams.

Oakland ranks 16th in MLB in strikeouts per game with an average of 8.8 Ks per contest.

The Athletics average just 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 29th in the league.

Oakland has pitched to a 7.71 ERA this season, which ranks 30th in baseball.

Rangers Key Players to Watch

Gray gets the start for the Rangers, his fourth of the season. He is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings pitched.

Marcus Semien leads Texas in homers with four while also maintaining a team-best .293 batting average.

Nate Lowe is batting .253 with an OBP of .296 and a slugging percentage of .427 this season.

Adolis Garcia leads Texas in home runs with four and runs batted in with 19.

Jonah Heim has 14 hits and an OBP of .385 to go with a slugging percentage of .543 this season.

Athletics Key Players to Watch

The Athletics will send Sears (0-1) to the mound for his fourth start this season.

Brent Rooker paces the Athletics in home runs (four) and runs batted in (11).

Esteury Ruiz is batting .302 to lead his team.

Shea Langeliers has two doubles, three home runs and three walks while hitting .250.

Tony Kemp is hitting .154 with two doubles and eight walks.

Rangers and Athletics Injuries

Rangers: Mitch Garver: 10 Day IL (Knee), Leody Taveras: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Corey Seager: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Spencer Howard: 60 Day IL (Lat), Brett Martin: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Jake Odorizzi: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Glenn Otto: 60 Day IL (Lat), Jon Gray: day-to-day (Forearm), Jacob deGrom: day-to-day (Wrist)

Athletics: Ramón Laureano: 10 Day IL (Hamstring), Seth Brown: 10 Day IL (Oblique), Manny Piña: 10 Day IL (Wrist), Trevor May: 15 Day IL (Personal), Domingo Acevedo: 15 Day IL (Back), Drew Rucinski: 15 Day IL (Undisclosed), Paul Blackburn: 15 Day IL (Finger), Dany Jimenez: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Freddy Tarnok: 60 Day IL (Undisclosed), Kirby Snead: 60 Day IL (Shoulder), Brent Rooker: day-to-day (Hamstring)

Rangers vs. Athletics Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Rangers 6, Athletics 3
  • Total Prediction: Over 8.5 runs
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