Oakland Athletics (39-37) at Chicago White Sox (25-50)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 23, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Chicago White Sox +125 / Oakland Athletics -135 --- Over/Under: 9
The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox meet Saturday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Oakland Athletics look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Athletics have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 84 hits and 48 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Olson have combined for 145 hits and 68 RBI. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he is 6-6 with a 4.06 ERA and 54 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s second career game against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox could use a win here after losing nine of their last 12 games. The White Sox have allowed 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last nine games. The Chicago White Sox have lost 26 of their last 28 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 79 hits and 42 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson have combined for 130 hits and 58 RBI. Dylan Covey gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 35 strikeouts this season. This will be Covey’s first career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 8-3 in their last 11 road games, 6-2 in Mengdens last 8 road starts and 5-2 in Mengdens last 7 starts. The White Sox are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. American League West, 2-6 in their last 8 Saturday games and 4-0 in Coveys last 4 home starts. The Athletics are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.
The Chicago White Sox have done very little stringing wins together this season and almost never win when the pitching staff allows even a few runs. The second game of the doubleheader on Friday was the first time the White Sox have won a game when allowing more than three runs since May 26. The Oakland Athletics are swinging the bats well and have played some solid baseball on the road this season. Getting the A's at this price even if it's a fade of the White Sox seems like a steal.