Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Chicago White Sox will pay a visit to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to do battle against the Oakland Athletics. NBC Sports Chicago will televise this AL showdown and the game gets going at 10:07 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Vegas has listed Oakland (-180) as the favorite over Chicago (+170). Bettors can wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -105 for over 9.5 runs and -115 for under 9.5. The game’s most recent runline odds stand at -130 for picking the White Sox +1.5 runs and +110 for the Athletics -1.5.

The Athletics are 50-41 straight up (SU) and 47-44 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 5.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.0 unit ATS. Oakland has covered the spread six times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The White Sox have gone 42-44 SU this year and are 41-45 against the spread. Overall, the team’s gained 11.8 units for moneyline gamblers, but have lost 7.7 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Neither side has positioned itself as a strong over/under play this year. Oakland games have had an over/under record of 44-44-3 so far in 2019. Chicago has an over/under record of 41-43-2.

Right-hander Ivan Nova is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. Nova (4-7, 5.58 ERA) has recorded 66 punchouts in 100 innings so far. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the hands of righty Mike Fiers (8-3, 3.87 ERA), who has 70 strikeouts and 30 walks, along with a WHIP of 1.10. Fiers made three starts against the White Sox in 2018, putting together a 1-0 record with a 3.71 ERA and 14 strikeouts.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has given up 4.4 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 4.17 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.91 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 9.0 K/9.

The Oakland hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per contest, including 5.9 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over their last five. The team has hit .227/.306/.415 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and third baseman Matt Chapman have led the Athletics’ hitters this year. Semien is slashing .271/.350/.449 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs and 61 runs scored, while Chapman’s line is .265/.353/.534 with 21 homers, 52 RBIs and 59 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.2 runs per game and its starters own a 5.40 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.98 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.49, along with a WHIP of 1.48 and a K/9 of 8.41.

The White Sox offense has slashed .257/.315/.412 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada continue to lead Chicago’s hitters. Abreu is slashing .278/.316/.522 with 21 home runs, 66 RBIs and 44 runs scored, while Moncada is hitting .308/.364/.544 with 16 homers, 48 RBIs and 49 runs scored.

The White Sox have gained 4.3 units and are 25-33 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 26 of those games, compared to 30 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 2.9 units and are 33-33 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has cashed in 31 of those games, compared to 33 that went under the total.

White Sox at Athletics Free Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in four of Chicago’s last seven contests.
  • The White Sox have an OPS of .727 this season and an OPS of .718 against right-handed pitchers. The Athletics’ OPS stands at .761 overall and .747 versus righties.
  • The Athletics have won three of their last four games SU.
  • Oakland has posted 21.5 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 21.0 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.