Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (1-0) at Oakland Athletics (0-1)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
J Quintana (0-0) (0.00) vs. C Bassitt (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +100 / Chicago White Sox -110 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLBN, WGN
Tuesday night in the MLB, we’ve got game two of a great series between the White Sox and the A’s over at Oakland Coliseum.
During game one, the White Sox pulled out a 4-3 victory, with all of the scoring for both teams coming in the third inning. Adam Eaton and Jimmy Rollins combined for three hits, two RBI and two runs in the victory, while Chris Sale got the win on the mound. Sale went seven innings, allowing seven hits with three earned runs for Chicago's first W of the season.
Taking the hill for the White Sox on Tuesday evening will be Jose Quintana, who logged a 9-10 record in 2015 with a 3.36 ERA and 177 strikeouts. There’s quite a bit of optimism surrounding Quintana this season, however, as he could reach the 12-13 win mark with a little luck--and a little run support.
At the plate, the White Sox boast an array of familiar names. There’s Todd Frazier, who slapped 35 homers with 89 RBI last year, Melky Cabrera, with his 77 RBI and 70 runs in 2015, and also Jose Abreu, who should be a key contributor here. Many are expecting Abreu to hit the 100-RBI mark for Chicago this season, and 35 home runs is within reason as well.
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Over on the Oakland side, they’ve got some issues at starting pitcher. Sonny Gray was supposed to have started the A’s opener, but came up as a scratch due to food poisoning. Rich Hill started in Gray’s place, and though Hill pitched fairly well he couldn’t get the victory. That leaves the A's in a bit of a bind, so tonight they'll be giving the ball to Chris Bassitt, with Gray starting the Wednesday game. As for Bassitt, he's coming off something of a rough 2015, with a 1-8 record and a 3.56 ERA.
The Athletics lineup looks pretty well-rounded this year, without a lot of marquis names. That said, Billy Burns should finish the season around the 30-steals mark, and Khris Davis will provide some nice power. Davis logged 27 homers last season, and it would be a shock if he didn’t manage at least 20 in 2016.
Now let’s check out the current trends heading into this matchup. The White Sox are 4-1 during their last five game 2s of a series, while the A’s are just 1-4 in their last five game 2s. Chicago is also 1-4 in Quintana’s most recent five Tuesday starts. However, the White Sox are 4-1 in Quintana’s last five starts against the American League West.
Speaking of Quintana, I think he should be able to hold things together enough for the White Sox to snag a victory here--especially with the confusion surrounding the Athletics’ pitching rotation. It might not be pretty, but Chicago should pull this one out.