Athletics vs. White Sox - 4/7/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (2-1) at Oakland Athletics (1-2)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
M Latos (0-0) (0.00) vs. E Surkamp (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -120 / Chicago White Sox +110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics end their series Thursday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox look to bounce back and win the series after losing 2-1 on Wednesday. The White Sox have done a solid job pitching in this series, allowing an average of just three runs per game in their first three contests. If the White Sox can continue to pitch well, with their offense, they’re going to be a team to watch moving forward. Offensively, Adam Eaton leads Chicago with seven hits, Todd Frazier has three RBI and Jimmy Rollins has one home run. Six of the Chicago White Sox’s last nine losses have been by two or less runs. Mat Latos gets the nod, and he was 4-10 with a 4.95 ERA and 100 strikeouts last season. Latos is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the A’s.
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The Oakland Athletics hope to split their series before heading up to Seattle for their weekend series. Oakland can only hope its offense wakes up, as one player has five of the team's nine RBI. The A’s have five players with three hits, but they’re not scoring runs to show for that production. Billy Butler leads Oakland with three hits, Jed Lowrie has five RBI and Danny Valencia has two walks. The Oakland Athletics need this win because the rest of the schedule for April is downright brutal. Kendall Graveman takes the hill, and he was 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA and 77 strikeouts last season. This will be Graveman’s first career game against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 12-26 in their last 38 Thursday games and 4-9 in their last 13 during game 4 of a series. The Athletics are 4-12 in their last 16 games on grass and 1-7 in Gravemans last 8 starts. The over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
I have to back the White Sox due to their advantage on the offensive end. The A's are struggling to put runs on the board. Also, Latos is a proven veteran pitcher while Gravman hasn't had much recent success. I'll take the White Sox and the plus money.