Oakland @ Texas
Oakland -1 +275 over Texas

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Oakland -1½ +260 over Texas

8:05 PM EST. The best number at the time of this posting is at 888Sport with the A's -1½ +275. Oakland is also available at -1½ +260 at Bet 365 and -1½ +257 at Pinnacle.

For much of this season, one could have argued that Jon Gray (RHP - TEX) had deserved better in his new home of Texas, but recent outings may suggest otherwise. In his last two starts, Gray has sported an inflated ERA of 4.91. That number is backed by some disturbing trends, including Gray getting hit hard with a 45.7% hard hit ball rate and a 14.3% barrel rate. Gray’s WHIP is just 1.55 in those two starts. Maybe it’s just a couple of bad turns or maybe it’s the sign of something more.

All things considered, Paul Blackburn (RHP - OAK) is having a pretty good year. His ERA and xERA are nearly identical (3.36 to 3.74), his groundball rate is near elite 47.8% and his strikeouts are up over 1K per inning over last year. His first pitch strike rate is up significantly over last year too, going from a puny 6% to a more respectable 9.7%. We backed the A’s yesterday and cashed that ticket. We are going back to that well to try and fill our buckets once again.

Our Pick

Oakland -1 +275 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 5.50)

Colorado +206 over St. Louis
Oakland +168 over Texas
Toronto +131 over N.Y. Yankees