Take Division Leading Rangers Over A’s On Thursday MLB Lines
The length of the baseball season makes it pretty forgiving for those teams who do not get off to a particularly great start. The fact of the matter is that if you can do enough to stay in touch with the division leader, you can make a move in the final couple of months that changes your year entirely. There is no better example of that than the Texas rangers this season. They will try to edge closer to a division title when they face the Oakland A’s on the road on Thursday where the Rangers are favorites on MLB lines.
New York Rangers vs Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Lines
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Opening Line: Texas -139
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) September 23, 2015
Since the trade deadline, the Rangers (81-69) have racked up over 30 wins, and have taken over sole possession of the AL West, which they now lead by 2 games. It’s a dramatic turnaround that not a lot of people saw coming. Even when they were active at the deadline, there was always the sense that the moves they were making were to bolster their squad for next season. A Wild Card spot would have been considered a very nice bonus this year, but a division win would be an absolute dream come true. That division title might very well be decided later this week, when Texas and the Houston Astros clash for the final time in the regular season. The Rangers have a 12-4 record against their division rivals this season, so confidence must be high. Cole Hamels (10-8, 3.67 ERA) has been brilliant since coming over from Philadelphia, and has gone unbeaten in his last 8 starts.
It goes without saying that it has been a rough year for the Oakland A’s (64-87), but let’s add a little perspective to how bad. Their winning percentage heading into this week was at .427, which, if they maintained it, would be the worst season performance by the team since 1997. Looking at the remaining games on their schedule would suggest that the percentage may actually get worse, as they have some rather tough opponents on the horizon in the next couple of weeks. After losing the opening game of this series on Monday, the A’s have now lost 3 straight, and are giving up a lot of runs in the process. Other than Sonny Gray, this is a pitching staff that isn’t pulling its weight. Chris Bassitt (1-6, 2.82 ERA) has suffered from a stunning lack of run support in his starts this season.
Key Online Betting Trends
Texas is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas’s last 8 games on the road
Texas is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas’s last 11 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Oakland is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland’s last 9 games
Oakland is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland’s last 8 games at home
Oakland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Texas
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
The Rangers look determined to hold onto that division lead, which means taking care of the teams that they really should beat. I believe they will do just that on Thursday afternoon.