Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Free Pick

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The Oakland Athletics will face the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. This AL matchup will begin at 2:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California is in line to televise the game.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Chicago (-110) is hosting this one as the favorite against Oakland (+100) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for wagering on the games total sit at +105 for the under and -125 for the over. You can also bet on the games spread with the runline odds sitting at -210 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +175 for the White Sox -1.5.

The Athletics have gone 40-37 SU this year and are 36-40 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 4.5 units ATS. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 25-51 SU and 36-39 ATS. They’ve lost 17.2 units for moneyline bettors and 9.7 units ATS.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 31-39-5 so far in 2018. The Athletics have an over/under record of 38-34-4.

Right-hander Paul Blackburn will get the start for the visiting Athletics. Blackburn is 1-1 with an 8.03 ERA and seven 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 sending lefty Carlos Rodon (0-2, 4.41 ERA) to the mound. Rodon has 16 strikeouts and seven walks to his name, as well as a 1.22 WHIP. Rodon only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (1-0, 2.84 ERA and 10 strikeouts across six and 1-third innings).

As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have an ERA of 5.30, a WHIP of 1.47 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.4. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

Chicago’s hitters are putting up 3.7 runs per outing, including 3.0 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .209/.261/.297 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez have led the White Sox batters this year. Abreu is slashing .272/.324/.476 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs and 37 runs scored, and Sanchez line is .252/.300/.399 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 29 runs.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starters own a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.38, along with a WHIP of 1.22 and a K-per-9 of 8.68.

The Athletics offense has slashed .242/.314/.417 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game in 2018, including 6.2 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 7.6 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been powered by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who collectively have swatted 18 home runs. Lowrie is hitting .284/.341/.472 with 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Semien (.250/.305/.373) is up to seven homers, 29 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

The Athletics have lost 2.1 units and are 14-13 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 12 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 13.3 units and are 27-30 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 22 of those games, compared to 30 which went under the total.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in only one of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have won six of their last seven games SU.
  • Oakland has recorded 23.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 27.6 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.