Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Saturday August 10, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
The Line: Oakland Athletics -172 / Chicago White Sox +150 -- Over/Under: 10
The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox meet Saturday in MLB action at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Athletics have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won eight of their last nine games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 128 hits and 54 RBI while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman have combined for 214 hits and 123 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 4.14 ERA and 114 strikeouts this season. This will be Roark’s first career game against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The White Sox have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Chicago White Sox have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Leury Garcia leads the White Sox with 125 hits and 34 RBI while Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada have combined for 235 hits and 142 RBI. Reynaldo Lopez gets the ball, and he is 6-9 with a 5.41 ERA and 120 strikeouts this season. Lopez is 0-1 with a 1.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 Saturday games, 6-2 in their last 8 during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The White Sox are 18-38 in their last 56 Saturday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 0-4 in Lopez's last 4 home starts. The Athletics are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Chicago and 13-3 in the last 16 meetings. The under is 7-3 in Lopez's last 10 home starts. The over is 3-1-1 in Athletics last 5 overall.
Roark gave up just four hits and one run in his first five innings as an Oakland A, but he's allowed 40 hits and 21 runs in his last 29.2 innings overall. Lopez has allowed 35 hits and 15 earned runs in his last 37 innings, and he has a 5.50 ERA and .270 allowed batting average at home. This is a steep price with Roark on the mound, but the Oakland Athletics are clearly the better team here and need to take full advantage of series like this if they're going to create some separation in the AL wild card standings. I'll side with the A's, even if I don't love the pitching matchup.