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Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Matchup 04/16/18

The Chicago White Sox will make a road trip to Oakland to square off against the Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be airing this AL showdown and the game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Odds

Chicago (+130) is coming into this one as the underdog against Oakland (-140) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs (-110 for the over and -110 for the under). The game’s current runline odds stand at -170 for taking the White Sox +1.5 runs and +150 for the Athletics -1.5.

The White Sox have gone 4-8 SU this year and are 5-7 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 4.0 units for gamblers taking the moneyline this year and 2.9 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Athletics are 6-10 SU and 6-9 ATS. They’ve lost 5.5 units for moneyline bettors and 5.4 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the over has cashed in five of those seven.

Oakland games have an over/under record of 8-6-1 so far in 2018. Chicago has an over/under record of 5-7.

The White Sox have lost 2.1 units and are 3-5 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to six that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have lost 1.1 units and are 4-5 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in six of those games, compared to three that went under the total.

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez will get the start for the visiting White Sox. Lopez is 0-1 with a 0.69 ERA and 11 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Athletics this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Athletics will turn to righty Daniel Mengden (1-2, 6.19 ERA) to the mound. Mengden has 12 strikeouts and two walks to his name, as well as a 1.31 WHIP. Mengden did not record a start against the White Sox in 2017.

As a unit, Oakland’s pitching staff has allowed 5.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.25, a WHIP of 1.30 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 6.6. The bullpen has a 4.11 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 6.5 K/9.

The Oakland hitters have put up 4.6 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game over its last 10 games and 6.0 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .277/.328/.478 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.

Third baseman Matt Chapman and second baseman Jed Lowrie have led the Athletics’ batters this year. Chapman is slashing .333/.403/.650 with 20 hits, five homers, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored, while Lowrie’s line is .348/.403/.576 with 23 hits, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored.

Compared to his overall season slash line of .234/.313/.472, Chapman performed well against righties at home last year, slashing .308/.373/.598 over 118 such plate appearances.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 4.68 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 5.21 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 5.35, along with a WHIP of 1.44.

The White Sox offense has slashed .234/.327/.419 on its way to 4.0 runs scored per game this season, including 3.0 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 2.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson have led Chicago’s offense. Davidson is slashing .211/.375/.632 with eight hits, five homers, 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored, while Anderson is hitting .267 with 12 hits, three homers, four RBIs, eight runs and six stolen bases.

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Athletics, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – UNDER


Betting Notes

Chicago has posted 17.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 13.8 over its last five.

The White Sox have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games. The Athletics have hit 17 over their last 10.


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