Umpire & Holland Influence Rangers vs. Athletics MLB Pick

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 12:22 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 12:22 PM GMT

The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics will find runs hard to come by at the O.co Coliseum Wednesday, as umpire Kerwin Danley prepares for his 28th assignment behind home plate.

Streaking
Texas has won four games in a row, including a 6-3 victory over Oakland as +228 road underdogs Tuesday, while going over the betting total for a second consecutive contest.

The Rangers are 6-7 against the Athletics this season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks, but it’s important to point out that they’ve dropped five of their last seven games at this venue in the month of September dating back to 2012.

MLB handicappers will find that the squad is 1-4 as underdogs of +175 to +200 when playing away from Arlington, with the 'under' cashing in four of those five opportunities.

 

Holding On
Oakland is clinging onto the top American League Wild Card spot, as it has produced a 4-6 record over its last 10 games, as it continues its final regular-season homestand in this matchup.

The Athletics have committed 103 errors this year, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro MLB odds, considering they’ve had at least one miscue in the field in six straight games.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a disappointing 10-12 as home favorites of -175 to -200, with the 'over' going 12-10 in that situation.

 

Holland
Derek Holland (1-0, 0.86 ERA) is the first pitcher in the modern era to toss at least seven innings, permit one-or-zero runs, and issue no walks in each of his first three starts of a season.

The Rangers left-hander has received exactly one run of support in each of his outings in 2014, while opponents are 3-for-24 with runners in scoring position against him.

In eight career efforts at this ballpark, Holland has produced a 3-2 record and 3.26 ERA, which happens to be the fourth-lowest opponent ERA at the facility since 2010 (min. 5 starts).

 

Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija (6-12, 3.10 ERA) has put together a 3.41 ERA in 13 starts since being traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Athletics, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 2-1 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last time out—tossing seven shutout innings.

The right-hander’s average of 1.20 walks per nine innings is currently the second lowest in Oakland history among pitchers with 81 or more innings pitched.

Samardzija will be facing the Rangers for the first time in his career.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the 'under' is 20-5-2 in umpire Kerwin Danley’s 27 home plate assignments in 2014, with those games averaging 5.78 runs.

Free MLB Pick: Under 7

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