Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Chicago White Sox are ready to play the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be televising this AL matchup and the action gets underway at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oddsmakers have listed Oakland (-210) as the favorite over Chicago (+190). Gamblers are able to wager on the game’s total with odds sitting at -135 for over 8.5 runs and +115 for under 8.5. Runline odds sit at -115 for taking the White Sox +1.5 runs and -105 for the Athletics -1.5.

The White Sox are just 4-10 SU and have gone 5-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 5.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline in this young season and 4.6 units ATS. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 8-10 SU and 7-10 ATS. The team’s lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors and 4.9 units ATS.

Oakland games have a 9-7-1 over/under record so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 6-7.

Carson Fulmer is getting the nod for the visiting White Sox. The right-handed Fulmer is 0-1 with a 4.66 ERA and nine strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics will turn to righty Andrew Triggs (1-0, 2.87 ERA), who has 17 strikeouts and six walks as well as a 1.21 WHIP. Triggs did not record a start against the White Sox in 2017.

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.8 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.19 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 5.90 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 5.72, along with a K/9 of 10.84.

White Sox hitters have slashed .232/.318/.406 on their way to 3.6 runs scored per game this year, including 2.6 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.0 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been led by Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu. Davidson is slashing .200/.357/.556 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Abreu (.250/.323/.500) is up to four homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have yielded 4.9 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 4.55 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.20 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.3 K/9.

The Oakland offense has produced 5.1 runs per outing, including 6.5 per game over its last 10 games and 6.4 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .274/.365/.500 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics’ hitters have been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and third baseman Matt Chapman. Lowrie is hitting .351/.407/.595 with five home runs, 18 RBIs and nine runs scored, while Chapman’s line is .313/.413/.609 with five homers, 12 RBIs and 16 runs.

Chapman appeared to enjoy facing righties at home last season, slashing .308/.373/.598 across 118 such plate appearances (his overall season line was .234/.313/.472).

The White Sox have lost 3.1 units and are 3-6 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in three of those games, as opposed to six that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 0.8 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in seven of those games, compared to four that went under the total.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Chicago’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have lost eight of their last nine games SU.
  • Chicago has recorded 16.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 14.4 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games, including four over their last five.