Monday's Free Pick comes from Covers Expert Will Rogers
Start: August 19, 2013 - 10:05 PM
Capper's Page: https://experts.covers.com/Handicapper/Will_Rogers
Offered at: 5 Dimes @ -180 Oakland
Both teams come into Monday having taken two of three games in their previous series. In the case of Seattle, it was another AL West rival, the Texas Rangers. That in turn helped Oakland, who took two of three from Cleveland, pull within a half game of the division lead. I'll take the A's in tonight's opener.
Here are my keys to the game:
1. Favored For a Reason - We all know Oakland is the better team here, but when they're favored, you can pretty much book a win. That's because they own a 52-29 record in the chalk role this season and going back to last year they are now 61-29 when favored at home.
2. Aaron Harang - The Seattle starter comes in with a 12.75 ERA and 2.167 WHIP in his last three starts. After allowing seven runs in back to back starts, he gave up three runs in five innings of a loss to Tampa Bay. Including that loss, Harang now owns a 1-7 TSR on the road this year with a 6.75 ERA.
3. X-Factor - A's starter Jarrod Parker is coming off the longest outing of his career as he allowed just one run in 8 1/3 innings last Wednesday. He's given up two earned runs or less in 12 of his last 16 starts, going 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA during that time.
Selection: This is a free play on the Oakland A's.
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