Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (4-8) at Oakland Athletics (5-10)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) (0.69) vs. Daniel Mengden (1-2) (6.19)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -126 / Chicago White Sox +116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NSCA, NSCH
Out at O.co Coliseum on Monday, the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics will be kicking off their MLB series.
The Sox only got to play one game in Minnesota in their last series, losing 4-0 all the way back on Thursday. The rest of the games were snowed out.
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The Sox will be going with RHP Reynaldo Lopez on Monday. In his 13.0 innings and 0-1 mark this season, Lopez has a 0.69 ERA with 11 Ks and seven BBs.
Chicago’s top hitter so far this year is Avisail Garcia with 13 hits, five runs and three RBI. Both Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson have 12 hits apiece, with a combined 14 runs and 10 RBI with six homers.
Over on the A’s side, they’re fresh off a set versus Seattle. Oakland lost the first two games of that series, then on Sunday the Athletics eked out a 2-1 victory, holding the Mariners to just two hits.
Daniel Mengden will be taking the hill for Oakland on Monday. Across his 16.0 innings and 1-2 record so far, Menhaden sports a 6.19 ERA with 12 Ks and two walks.
Heading up the A’s offense coming out of the week was Jed Lowrie with 21 hits, three homers, 12 RBI and seven runs to his credit. On Sunday, Lowrie ripped a two-run homer for both the A’s runs.
The White Sox are 0-4 in their last four during game one of a series and 4-1 in Lopez’s last five starts on grass. Chicago is also 22-49 in their last 71 road games and 4-1 in their last five versus the AL West.
Meanwhile, the A’s are 4-1 in their last five versus the AL Central and 22-46 in their last 68 during game one of a series. Oakland is also 2-7 in Mengden’s last nine home starts and 0-4 in his last four home starts versus a team with a losing record.
Neither of these teams has really hit the ground running this season, but both have shown a few flashes here and there. I like Lopez in the pitching matchup, but he’s going to need a little help from the Sox offense. If Chicago can plate a few runs Lopez should be able to take care of the rest. I’m going White Sox.