Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Free Preview

Victor TrejosBaseball, MLB

The ice-cold Chicago White Sox are trying to avoid losing their eighth in a row as they play host to the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field. This AL matchup will begin at 8:10 p.m. ET and fans looking to watch it can tune in to NBC Sports – California.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Chicago (+130) is coming into this one as the underdog to Oakland (-140) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at 10 runs (+100 for the over and -120 for the under). The game’s runline odds sit at +105 for taking the Athletics -1.5 runs and -125 for the White Sox +1.5 runs.

The Athletics have gone 38-36 SU this year and are 34-39 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 1.1 units for gamblers taking the moneyline, despite having lost 5.7 units ATS. Oakland is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in six of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 24-49 SU and 35-37 ATS. The team has lost 16.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 8.3 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the total has gone under in five of those seven.

Chicago games have had an over/under record of 28-39-5 thus far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 35-34-4.

Right-hander Chris Bassitt is the probable starter for the visiting Athletics. Bassitt is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA and nine 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 will turn to righty Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19 ERA), who’s got 40 strikeouts and 45 walks to his name as well as a 1.64 WHIP. Giolito did not record a start against the Athletics in 2017.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.1 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 5.28, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.4. The bullpen has a 3.88 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.4 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 3.7 runs per contest, including 2.4 per game over its last 10 games and 2.2 per game over their last five. The team has hit .194/.244/.279 over its last five games and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez have led the White Sox offense this year. Abreu is hitting .281/.334/.495 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Sanchez is batting .256 with four homers, 29 RBIs and 28 runs.

For the visiting squad, 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 WHIP of 1.22 and a K-per-9 of 8.55.

The Athletics offense has slashed .241/.313/.417 on its 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).

Second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien have led Oakland’s offense. Lowrie is hitting .285/.344/.476 with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs and 30 runs scored, while Semien is hitting .257/.312/.386 with seven homers, 29 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 4.5 units and are 21-26 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in 24 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 13.6 units and are 26-29 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 20 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve gone under.

Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in only one of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has recorded 19.6 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 games and 24.4 over its last five.