Athletics at Rangers Fantasy Betting Match Preview

It appears that the Athletics are going be buyers this month. They traded for reliever Jeurys Familia last week and could look to add more. The Rangers, on the other hand, are gauging interest in stars like Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels. We preview below the Athletics at Rangers game July 25.

Pitching matchup

Edwin Jackson (1-2, 2.93 ERA) has had such an interesting career. The A’s are his 13th MLB team,and things are going well so far. This will be his sixth start this year. The first five have all lasted at least 5.2 innings and he has allowed no more than three runs in any one of them.

Martin Perez (2-4, 8.05 ERA) may just be a Quadruple-A guy. He does well when the Rangers demote him but struggles at the highest level. Since his most recent promotion he has made two starts. One, against the Orioles, was impressive (seven innings, one run). The second, against the Indians, was horrific (5.1 innings, six runs).

Better play: Jackson

The 34-year-old is the epitome of consistency. That will evaporate eventually, but the Texas offense has scored the third-fewest runs in the month of July and could soon be picked apart by the trade deadline.

Who should start

  • Jeurys Familia was added to be the Oakland closer. He is still available in nearly a quarter of ESPN leagues. He goes from the bottom-feeding Mets to the competitive A’s, a rare chance to add some much-needed saves to your team.
  • Rougned Odor is on fire. Over the weekend, he went 8-for-13 against the Indians with a home run, three RBI and three stolen bases. Play the hot hand, and he happens to be owned in just 40 percent of ESPN leagues.

Who should sit

  • Blake Treinen has been been moved to a lesser role in the Oakland ‘pen. If your league rewards holds, he is worth keeping around. If not, you may want to consider dropping him.
  • Delino DeShields is having a tough go of it. His one hit since the All-Star break is just the sixth time he has reached base in the month of July. Meanwhile, he has struck out 14 times.

Prediction

Athletics too win, The road team has all of the advantages. Their pitcher is more consistent. The lineup is playing better. And the clubhouse should feel energized because the front office is making moves to show that they believe in them.

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