Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers
MLB Prediction: Texas Rangers -145 odds
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I’m laying the price with the Rangers on Saturday. Rich Harden did not fare well in his last start against his former team. Harden lasted just 2 1/3 innings in an August 7 start, allowing three earned runs in a 6-2 loss. But Harden wasn’t “right” in that outing. He not only left the game early, but ended up on the DL with shoulder tendinitis. Harden returned on August 23 and threw 6 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball, leading his team to a 4-0 win over Minnesota. In fact, in his last two starts since returning to health, including one at Triple-A OKC, Harden has allowed just one earned run in 12 2/3 innings. The Rangers are 5-1 in his last six home starts, and Harden has allowed just 12 earned runs in 32 1/3 innings for a 3.34 ERA. I expect Harden to get plenty of support at the plate. Texas is averaging 5.4 rpg in home games this season, including 5.1 rpg in home night games against southpaws. They’ll face lefty Dallas Braden tonight. I’m laying the price with Texas on Saturday. Thanks! GL! Scott.