Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Friday August 9, 2019, 3:10 PM (EDT)|
Guaranteed Rate Field
Chicago White Sox +160 / Oakland Athletics -180
The Oakland A’s and the Chicago White Sox meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday afternoon.
The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after losing their series with the Chicago Cubs to start the week, dropping Wednesday’s finale by a final score of 10-1. Matt Olson accounted for Oakland’s lone RBI while Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder each had a double with Semien going 2 for 4 at the dish as the A’s mustered up just the three hits as a team in the loss. Homer Bailey took the loss, falling to 9-8 on the year after giving up seven runs on six hits over 4.2 innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 10-3 with a 3.46 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA and 36 strikeouts against the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox will look to keep the momentum going after winning five of their last seven games following an 8-1 win in their series finale against Detroit last time out. James McCann went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs while Jose Abreu went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. Ryan Cordell had a solo home run and Welington Castillo went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI while Eloy Jimenez added an RBI as well to finish off Chicago’s scoring as a team in the win. Tim Anderson went a perfect 4 of 4 at the dish as well in the win while Leury Garcia chipped in a base hit as well in the victory. Ivan Nova got the win to improve to 7-9 on the year after tossing eight shutout innings giving up just five hits en route to the victory. Ross Detwiler will start game one and is 1-2 with a 5.72 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Detwiler’s second career start against Oakland.
Oakland is 9-2 in Fiers’ last 11 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 games overall while the under is 23-7-1 in their last 31 games against the AL Central. Chicago is 0-4 in their last 4 home games and 7-20 in their last 27 games against the AL West while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record. Oakland is 13-3 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Chicago.
Fiers isn’t as good of a pitcher on the road compared to at home where his ERA sits at 4.62, more than two runs higher compared to his home ERA over 2.54. Chicago has also been playing solid baseball to start the week. However, those wins came against an anemic Tigers offense, and Fiers has been rock solid as of late, giving up two earned runs or less in nine of his last ten starts and not allowing more than three runs in any start since the end of April. Detwiler has a 5.21 ERA as a starter this season, and Oakland needs to start piling on wins in these kinds of situations if they’re going to make a legitimate playoff push down the stretch, so I’ll side with the A’s on the road to draw first blood here.