Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free Pick

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The Chicago White Sox will be taking on the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will broadcast this AL matchup. The game is slated to get going at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Odds

Oddsmakers are listing Chicago (+155) as the underdog to Oakland (-165). The total sits at 9 runs and bettors can wager on the over for -120 or the under for even money (+100). Runline odds sit at -140 for taking the White Sox +1.5 runs and +120 for the Athletics -1.5 runs.

The White Sox are 4-9 SU and are 5-8 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 5.0 units for moneyline bettors in the season’s early going and 4.6 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the under has hit in four of those seven. The Athletics, on the other hand, are 7-10 SU and 7-10 ATS. The team’s lost 3.5 units for moneyline bettors and 4.9 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 9-7-1 so far in 2018. White Sox games have gone under seven times, gone over six times and pushed on zero occasions.

Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is getting the start for Chicago. Gonzalez is 0-2 with an 8.68 ERA and four strikeouts. He has yet to face Oakland this year, but he made two starts against the team in 2017, putting together a 0-2 record with a 3.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts.

The Athletics will put the ball in the right hand of Trevor Cahill (0-0, ERA), who has zero strikeouts and zero walks this season as well as a WHIP. Cahill only made one start against the White Sox in 2017 (0-0, 2.70 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 10 innings).

Chicago’s pitchers have allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.42 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 6.01 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 5.98, along with a K/9 of 10.62.

White Sox hitters have slashed .231/.320/.410 on their way to 3.8 runs scored per game this season, including 2.9 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu have led Chicago’s hitters. Davidson is hitting .195/.365/.585 with five home runs, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Abreu is hitting .250 with four homers, seven RBIs and seven runs scored.

For the home team, Oakland’s pitching staff has allowed 5.1 runs per game overall this season. The team’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.89, a WHIP of 1.26 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.7. The bullpen has a 4.03 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 6.7 K/9.

The Oakland hitters are putting up 4.8 runs per contest, including 5.8 per game over its last 10 games and 7.6 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .293/.360/.522 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led the Athletics’ batters this year. Chapman is hitting .317/.394/.619 with five home runs, 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored, while Lowrie’s line is .343/.403/.557 with four homers, 17 RBIs and eight runs.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .234/.313/.472, Chapman seemed to enjoy hitting righty pitching at home last season, slashing .308/.373/.598 over 118 such plate appearances.

The White Sox have lost 3.1 units and are 3-6 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has cashed in three of those games, compared 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 has hit in seven of those games, compared to four that went under.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox have lost seven of their last eight games SU.
  • The Chicago defense has allowed 11 errors over the last 10 games, compared to six errors for Oakland over its last 10.
  • The White Sox have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 18 over their last 10.