Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/10/14
Oakland Athletics (81-63) at Chicago White Sox (64-80)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Jeff Samardzija (R) (6-12) (3.210) vs. Chris Bassitt (R) (0-1) (7.109)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +163 / Oakland Athletics -173 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, WCIU
The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox play game three of their four-game series Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Oakland Athletics are 3-5 in the month of September and are 18 games above .500. The Athletics lack of scoring lately has been an issue, as they’ve been held to three or less runs in eight of their last 14 games. The A’s have lost eight straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Josh Donaldson is coming off a five-hit game and Jed Lowrie has hit in eight of his last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 5.29, which is fifth in the majors. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 6-12 with a 3.21 ERA and has 174 strikeouts in 190.2 innings. Samardzija is 1-2 with a 1.24 ERA in six career games against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox have lost five of their last six games and are 16 games below a .500 record. The White Sox have also been a slump offensively, scoring three or less runs in 12 of their last 20 games The White Sox have lost six straight when being held to three or less runs. Dayan Viciedo has homered four times in his last eight games and Conor Gillaspie has a three-game hitting streak. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.37, which is 27th in the majors. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA and has six strikeouts in 7.1 innings. This is Bassitt’s first career game against the Athletics and just second career start period.
The Athletics are 7-3 in Samardzijas last 10 starts as a favorite and 1-4 in Samardzijas last 5 starts overall. The White Sox are 4-10 in their last 14 games following a loss and 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
While the plus money of the White Sox looks great, we are dealing with a rookie pitcher who is taking the mound for just the second time. The A's should win this game, but I suggest taking the runline to actually give you some value, as there's none in the ML.