Baseball Betting at BetAnySports — A’s Once Again Turn to Kazmir as They Take on Rangers

The story of Scott Kazmir is one of a rather notable comeback, and fans who have been rooting for the small-framed left-hander are certainly pleased that he was able to garner his third All-Star selection this season. And this season could be really special, because he is one of a number of pitchers who are in the running for the AL’s Cy Young Award. On Sunday night he will take the mound for the Oakland Athletics against the Texas Rangers in baseball betting action that is set to begin at 7 PM ET at the Ballpark at Arlington.

The Rangers are going through a very difficult season, and emblematic of that is the results they have gotten out of their Sunday pitcher, Miles Mikolas, who has made only a handful of starts this season.

Oakland is currently sporting the best record in baseball (64-39), and they are two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Rangers are the last place team in that division, and they are thinking about next year already. When you are trailing the Houston Astros in the standings, well, the front office will probably have a lot of questions to answer in the off-season. Remember how they pushed Nolan Ryan out of his position of control?

In the baseball betting lines that have been posted at BetAnySports, the Athletics are a big favorites:

MLB Betting Odds Courtesy of BetAnySports USA Sportsbook

Baseball Betting at BetAnySports -- A's Once Again Turn to Kazmir as They Take on Rangers

Oakland Athletics (Kazmir – L) -210
Texas Rangers (Mikolas – R) +190

Over 9 Runs -115
Under 9 Runs -105

Kazmir, who made two All-Star teams when he was with Tampa Bay, was written off after problems with mechanics led to a loss of effectiveness. Billy Beane and the A’s showed some faith in him after he posted a credible effort for Cleveland last year.

The A’s have won 15 of the 20 starts Kazmir has made this season. His own personal record is 11-3, and his 2.32 ERA is third best in the American League. any pitcher who has a WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) ratio under 1.00 is doing an exceptional job, and Kazmir is at 0.99. He is among a group of primary candidates for the Cy Young, along with Chris Sale of the White Sox, Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Garrett Richards of the Angels.

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As BetAnySports customers know, Kazmir has been particularly hard to hit in his last three starts, as he has gone seven innings in each of them, allowing only two earned runs and 13 hits. His ratio of strikeouts (114) to walks (28) has been outstanding all year long. Perhaps this spells some trouble for the Rangers, who have scored nine runs in their last five games.

Mikolas has been shelled in three of his four starts, but the one in which he was effective was his last start, as he went 7-1/3 innings against the Yankees and allowed just two runs. Those baseball bettors who feel partial to the underdog can point to an effort like that, but did that mark a turning point for him? That is a tall order against a team that is not only 25 games over the .500 mark, but has also outscored the opposition by an average of 1.6 runs per game.

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