Rangers Bats Have Dominated
In the first three games of the series, the Texas Rangers have a combined 38 hits and 23 runs. Their red-hot bats have come alive at the right time during the series, helping them win these games. The offensive batting average is .330 in those three games as well.
Rangers Can Pull To .500 With Win
The Texas Rangers are slowly pulling closer to first place in the AL West with each win. They’ve gone from one of the worst teams to a much better team since May started. Right now, they can thank their offense for the current winning streak.
Nathaniel Lowe and Kole Calhoun are showing some good offense over their last ten games. They have helped the Rangers’ offense dominate the Athletics in the previous three games of the series. Look for them to continue to keep the offensive pressure on the Oakland Athletics.
Starting pitcher Dane Dunning (1-3 4.32 ERA) will need his offense to perform to keep him in the game. His last outing saw him allow 11 hits and five runs in 6.1 innings pitched. He’ll need to lower those runs allowed to give the Rangers the best chance of winning.
Athletics Bullpen Can’t Hold Off Rangers Offense
Bullpen woes have cost the Oakland Athletics at least two of the three games against the Texas Rangers. The first game was a 1-1 game until relievers Lou Trivino and Sam Moll allowed three runs in the ninth inning. Their second game saw the bullpen blow a 5-2 lead starting in the seventh inning.
If the Athletics want a fighting chance, their bullpen needs to hold off the Rangers’ offense. Their starting pitching has done fairly well, but it’s the relief pitching that’s disappointing and blowing games. James Kaprielian (0-2 5.48 ERA) has a tall task ahead of him as the starting pitcher.
The Athletics also need to keep from leaving runners on base. They left eight runners on base in yesterday’s game and were 1-12 with runners in scoring position. Fixing this will help them against the Rangers.
Rangers vs Athletics Head-to-Head
This game marks the seventh time these teams have faced each other in 2022. Currently, the Texas Rangers have won five of six.
In those games, the Rangers covered each game they won. The last time the Rangers won the season series was during the 2016 MLB season.
Rangers vs Athletics Game Information
- Game: Rangers (22-23) at Athletics (19-30)
- Location: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 29, 4:07 p.m. ET
- Television: MLB.TV
Rangers vs Athletics Betting Lines
Texas Rangers -1½ +135 -119 8 -105o 3½ -145o 3½ +115u
D. Dunning -R
Oakland Athletics +1½ -155 +109 8 -115u 3½ -110o 3½ -120u
J. Kaprielian -R
Rangers vs Athletics Prediction
The Las Vegas odds have the Texas Rangers as 1.5 run favorites. However, neither starting pitcher really gives gamblers confidence about which team can win. But one thing gamblers can count on is the Rangers’ offensive bats.
They are on a four-game winning streak because of their offense, who’s batting .320 with 30 runs and 48 hits in those games. They are also the best team in baseball against the spread, with a 28-17 record ATS.
The Oakland Athletics are 24-25 ATS and are 5-18 at home ATS, the worst spread record for home teams in 2022. They have only covered one time facing the Rangers in their past seven games.
With those stats, and a hot Rangers offense, gamblers betting online and making MLB picks and parlays should take the Rangers and give the Athletics the 1.5 runs.