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Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox - 7/12/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Friday July 12, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Oakland Athletics -180 / Chicago White Sox +160
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The Chicago White Sox and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Friday night.

The Chicago White Sox will look to make some noise in the second half of the season after finishing the first half just under .500 with a 42-44 record following a series split with the Cubs, including a 3-1 win last time out before the break. Eloy Jimenez had a home run and two RBIs while Jose Abreu went 3 for 4 with a solo home run to round out Chicago’s scoring as a team in the winning effort. Jon Jay went 2 for 4 while James McCann and Yoan Moncada each had base hits as well in the victory. Ivan Nova got the win to improve to 4-7 on the year after tossing 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just five hits while striking out four. Alex Colome closed out the 9th for his 20th save of the campaign. Nova will also get the start here and is 4-7 with a 5.58 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nova is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA and 15 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to keep the playoff push on in the second half after finishing the first half with a record of 50-41, finishing the first half by winning their series with the Mariners, including a 7-4 win in the finale last time out. Matt Olson had a home run and three RBIs while Marcus Semien went 3 for 5 with a solo home run and Ramon Laureano added a solo home run of his own. Chad Pinder added an RBI while Mark Canha had a double to cap off Oakland’s offense as a team in the victory. Daniel Mengden got the win to improve to 4-1 after giving up three runs on six hits over 5.1 innings of work. Liam Hendriks picked up his 5th save of the season. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 8-3 with a 3.87 ERA and 70 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA and 32 strikeouts against the White Sox.

Chicago is 4-11 in their last 15 games against the AL West and 1-4 in their last 5 road games while the under is 4-1 in Nova’s last 5 starts. Oakland is 5-1 in Fiers’ last 6 starts and 7-3 in their last 10 home games while the under is 4-0 in Fiers’ last 4 home starts. Chicago is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 22-45 in the last 67 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

The White Sox finished the first half in a better position than I personally thought that they would, and Nova held his own against the Cubs. However, Nova’s still allowed at least four runs in five of his last seven starts and those two outliers came against the Cubs. Fiers is a much better pitcher at home than on the road this season and has allowed just one earned run in each of his last four starts. The difference for me is that Oakland has been the more dependable team in the first half of the season and Fiers has been solid for the better part of the year so far, so while the plus money is tempting, I have to lay the juice with Oakland in game one on Friday.

Oakland Athletics -180

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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