Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (76-86) at Oakland Athletics (68-94)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sale (0-0) (0.00) vs. S Gray (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -125 / Chicago White Sox +115 --- Over/Under: 6 See the Latest Odds
The new look Chicago White Sox head into Oakland to battle the Oakland Athletics in a great pitching show down between Chris Sale and Sonny Gray.
The Chicago White Sox kick off their season in the Bay Area against the Athletics as they look to steal a little bit of the attention away from their North side counterparts that many expect to contend for the World Series. The White Sox made a ton of moves to add to their roster in the offseason and while some of them have been met with mixed reviews they ertainly have some quality in the lineup as guys like Todd Frazier, Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia, and Brett Lawrie all have some pop and together should be able to put up runs. They also have Adam Eaton who is coming off a spectacular season and still have Melky Cabrera who has the potential to put up 20 home runs and has a decent glove in left field. Chris Sale meanwhile continues to move along as one of the games best pitchers and it should come as no surprise to see him get the nod as the opening day starter as he compiled a 13-11 record and 274 strikeouts in 208.1 innings pitche
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The Athletics meanwhile head into the season with varied expectations as the AL West continues to get better and the A’s are a stalemate. The Astros, Angels, and Rangers are all expected to finish ahead of Oakland this season and while they have some very nice pieces in place, especially in the rotation, I think they are a little overmatched in terms of power and depth in a division that was once considered baseball’s worst. Oakland does have Josh Reddick anchoring the outfield, some speed with Billy Burns, and some pop with Steven Vogt and Danny Valencia but they don’t have much on the bench and in the dog days they may be out of gas to keep pace with the league powers. Sonny Gray is a stud and can match up against anybody in the league but without a ton of run support coming his way I think he may have a tough time finding wins and will have to pitch his way deep into ball games. As for this one, I like the value here on the White SOx as they have the better lineup and a great pitcher going in Sale, plus they have David Robertson in the bullpen who if called upon should be able to lock downt he victory.