MLB Betting Free Pick July 25th Thursday: Rangers at Athletics
Oakland a Viable Run Line Bet vs. Slumping Texas?
Is there value on Oakland in the MLB betting free pick July 25th even at the hefty price of -182? That’s too high of a price to pay for any team in Major League Baseball considering the volatility of the sport but Texas is one of the most welcoming opponents right now as losers of 9 of the last 10. The A’s are back home after facing a couple tough teams on a road swing, and Bob Melvin’s team could have RL value (-104) considering they are 31-20 at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium this season.
Texas Has Slipped Into Seller Mode
2019 was always supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Rangers but they played much better than expectations for a better part of the first half. That strong play has quickly gone by the wayside though as the Rangers have dropped 9 of their last 10 to fall to 14 GB in the AL West. What that basically means is that Texas doesn’t have a whole lot of momentum heading into the MLB betting free pick July 25th. The Rangers have been held to 3 runs or less in 6 of the last 8. Rougned Odor has hit 5 HR over the past week, but only four Rangers batters are hitting above .250 over that span.
One of the reasons the Athletics are such huge favorites in the MLB betting free pick July 25th is because Ariel Jurado gets the nod for Texas. Then again, the Rangers starter could be eager to face anybody besides the Astros, a team he has faced the last two times while allowing 10 ER in 9 total IP. Jurado’s ERA is a balloon no matter where he pitches (5.45 home, 4.42 away) but he hasn’t faced Oakland yet this season. The O/U for Thursday night’s game is set at 9.
Oakland In a “Take Care of Business” Spot?
The A’s are back home after going on the road to face Minnesota and Houston in back-to-back series’. Oakland went 3-4 on the trip but that was against two first place squads. The A’s are back home where they are 11 games above .500 on the year while facing a Rangers team that has lost 5 of their last 6 on the road. Oakland has gone 63-31 in their last 94 at home dating back to last season. The A’s are also 19-7 in the last 26 at home vs. the Rangers. Oakland has just 22 collective AB’s vs. Texas starter Jurado, but they have 7 hits (.318), four of which were for extra bases.
The A’s are big favorites in the MLB betting free pick July 25th and it’s up to Brett Anderson to try and reward a whopping 81% of the bettors who are on the home team. The lefty has made two starts vs. Texas this season, allowing 3ER on June 7th and 2 back on April 14th – both in Arlington. Anderson has a 4.28 ERA at home which isn’t ideal, but he should have plenty of run support in this one. The A’s have scored 22 runs in their last 3 home games and get a struggling pitcher to tee off on in this tilt.
- Rangers are 1-5 last 6 road games
- Rangers are 2-8 last 10 vs. LH starter
- Rangers are 1-9 last 10 overall
- A’s are 15-6 last 21 overall
- A’s are 4-0 in Anderson’s last 4 starts
MLB Betting Free Pick July 25th
The A’s are just -117 for Friday night’s game which could be the real trap of the series. Oakland should take care of business in a dominating fashion on Thursday night in the series opener. Jurado has no confidence for Texas right now and the A’s will benefit from getting back in front of their home crowd. Anderson has struggled at home, but the Rangers bats are in the tank right now.
MLB Free Pick: Oakland A’s RL (-1.5) -104