MLB Picks: Bet Oakland A's -120 vs. Texas Rangers

Joe Freda

Sunday, August 4, 2013 12:37 PM GMT

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 12:37 PM GMT

The Oakland Athletics ended a five-game winning streak for the Texas Rangers with Saturday’s 4-2 victory as 117 home favorites.

Sunday’s finale on MLB betting boards has Athletics right-hander A.J. Griffin (10-7, 3.90 ERA) matched up with Rangers lefty Derek Holland (8-6, 3.18 ERA). 

A’s, Cespedes hold off Rangers 

Athletics slugger Yoenis Cespedes cracked a two-run homer in Saturday’s win, giving his club an early 3-0 lead. Oakland’s relief duo of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook united with closer Grant Balfour to allow one hit over the battle’s final three frames, with Balfour logging his 29th save. 

Rangers mates Nelson Cruz and Geovany Soto were both held to 0-for-4 days, with Soto striking out three times. Texas’ Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre drove in one run each, while leaving a combined five men on base. 

Griffin goes seven for win 

Griffin notched his fourth win in five starts with Monday’s 9-4 victory for Oakland over the Toronto Blue Jays, cashing as a 166 home favorite. The 25-year-old held the Blue Jays lineup scoreless for four frames, while surrendering a trio of homers in his next three innings of action. 

Oakland’s Seth Smith and Josh Reddick united to bat 3-for-7, with both poking doubles en route to finishing with a combined four RBIs. The Athletics edged Toronto in hits, 12-5, while the contest’s 13 runs soared OVER the ‘total’ of 7 ½. 

Holland cashes in slugfest

Holland came away with a no-decision in Tuesday’s 14-11 triumph for Texas as 135 home ‘chalk’ against the Los Angeles Angels. The Ohio native allowed four runs on eight hits, departing after six innings. 

Texas rallied from an 11-7 deficit with four late runs to send the affair into extra innings. Rangers  outfielder Leonys Martin cracked a walkoff homer in the 10th frame, while reliever Joe Nathan logged his staff’s win. 

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Back the A’s as short faves 

Bet365 opened Griffin as a 129 home favorite, with early wagers on Texas driving the MLB odds south to minus 120. The ‘total’ was first listed at 7 ½, followed by a minus 115 tag added to the UNDER.

I am adding Griffin and Oakland to Sunday’s sports picks, looking for Bob Melvin’s club to continue its momentum here from Saturday’s win.

Griffin has tossed his share of tight ball at O.co Coliseum, with Oakland cashing at an 8-2 clip over his 10 home starts. The stretch has seen visiting lineups held to a .284 OBP, while giving up just one earned run over seven frames in May’s most recent visit from Texas.

Holland did not fare as well in May’s series, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Athletics. Oakland also comes in hitting .262 against left-handed pitching at home, while cashing at 8-3 in its last 11 home dates against southpaw starters. 

Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes has cracked two homers in nine at-bat’s facing Holland’s arm, while the newly-acquired Alberto Callaspo has logged a long ball and five doubles in a 12-for-35 career mark. Look for the Athletics lineup to hang some early runs on Holland, while holding on for a cashed ticket.

Free Pick: Oakland Athletics -120 at Bet365

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