Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics - 8/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (53-69) at Chicago White Sox (57-64)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
R Detwiler (1-1) (4.15) vs. C Sale (14-6) (3.31)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -205 / Oakland Athletics +190 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago White Sox take the field with the Oakland Athletics in Saturday action.
The Oakland Athletics have been in a week long skid with plenty of new faces on the mound. The Athletics were in the midst of a five game slide before a huge 9-0 rout of the White Sox on the road Friday. A’s starter Kendall Graveman was untouchable with a two hit, complete game. Oakland pounded out eleven hits and walked four times with Yonder Alonso, Stephen Vogt and Khris Davis each going deep and driving in two runs apiece and scoring seven. Ross Detwiler takes the mound for the third time this season against the White Sox who he sees for the first time. In two starts, Detwiler is 1-1 with a 1.34 WHIP and 3.56 ERA.
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The Chicago White Sox have a realistic shot at reaching .500 but they are struggling to play .500 baseball over the past few weeks. The White Sox are sinking after Friday’s lackluster defeat where not one thing went right. CWS starter was hammered again with seven runs plated (six earned) on eight hits including three homers through 4.2 innings. The White Sox struggled just as much at the plate with Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu the only players reaching base on singles. Ace Chris Sale toes the rubber versus the Athletics for the second time in 2016. Sale has been tough this season with a 14-6 record in 23 starts with a 1.05 WHIP and 3.30 ERA.
Oakland are 1-8 in their last 9 road games. The over is 20-9-3 in the White Sox last 32 Saturday games and are 8-2 in Sale’s last 10 home starts while going under is 15-7 in Sale’s last 22 home starts. Oakland are 3-10 in the last 13 meetings and are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Chicago. I’m backing the White Sox with Sale and that’s the only reason…