The Oakland Athletics will make a road trip to Chicago to play the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports – California will be airing this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Odds
Left-hander Sean Manaea will get the nod for Oakland. Manaea is 6-6 with a 3.56 ERA and 68 strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.
The White Sox are putting the ball in the hands of righty James Shields (2-8, 4.63 ERA), who has 64 strikeouts and 37 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.26. Shields is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA against Oakland this year.
As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have a 5.28 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.
The Chicago offense is putting up 3.7 runs per contest, including 2.4 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .194/.244/.279 over its last five contests and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.
First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez have led the White Sox batters this year. Abreu is hitting .281/.334/.495 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Sanchez’s line sits at .256/.306/.402 with four homers, 29 RBIs and 28 runs.
For the visitors, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.37 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.59 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.43, along with a K-per-9 of 8.55.
Athletics hitters have slashed .241/.313/.417 on their way to 4.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).
Oakland’s offense has been fueled by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who collectively have swatted 18 home runs. Lowrie is hitting .285/.344/.476 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 30 runs scored, while Semien (.257/.312/.386) has produced seven homers, 29 RBIs and 43 runs scored.
Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – White Sox, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER
- Oakland has logged 19 extra-base hits over its last five outings. Chicago has nine XBH over its last five.
- Chicago has recorded 15.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 15.0 over its last five.
- The Athletics have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.