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Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview 06/24/18

The Chicago White Sox are playing host to the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports – California will televise this AL showdown and the game gets going at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

Oakland (+100) is entering this game as the underdog against Chicago (-110) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this day game at 9 runs (-125 for the over and +105 for the under). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds coming in at Athletics +1.5 runs (-210) and White Sox -1.5 runs (+175).

The Athletics are 40-37 SU and have gone 36-40 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 2.0 units for moneyline bettors, despite having lost 4.5 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in six of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 25-51 SU and 36-39 ATS. They’ve lost 17.2 units for moneyline bettors and 9.7 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread just once in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

White Sox games have had an over/under record of 31-39-5 thus far in 2018. Oakland has an over/under record of 38-34-4.

Paul Blackburn will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Blackburn is 1-1 with an 8.03 ERA and seven strikeouts. He has yet to face the White Sox this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The White Sox will send lefty Carlos Rodon (0-2, 4.41 ERA) to the mound. Rodon has 16 punchouts and seven walks to his name, as well as a 1.22 WHIP. Rodon only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (1-0, 2.84 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 6.1 innings).

Chicago’s pitchers have given up 5.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. The club’s starters have a 5.30 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 9.3 K/9.

The Chicago offense has put up 3.7 runs per outing, including 3.0 per game over its last 10 games and 3.4 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .209/.261/.297 over its last five games and is 1-4 SU during that stretch.

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez have led the White Sox batters this year. Abreu is slashing .272/.324/.476 with 11 home runs, 43 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Sanchez is batting .252 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.44 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.63 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.38, along with a K-per-9 of 8.68.

The Athletics offense has slashed .242/.314/.417 on its way to 4.6 runs scored per game this year, including 6.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 7.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Oakland’s offense has been led by second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien, who have combined to blast 18 home runs. Lowrie is slashing .284/.341/.472 with 11 home runs, 50 RBIs and 31 runs scored, while Semien (.250/.305/.373) has produced seven homers, 29 RBIs and 44 runs scored.

The Athletics have lost 2.1 units and are 14-13 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 12 of those games, as opposed to 13 that’ve gone under against lefties. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 13.3 units and are 27-30 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 22 of those games, compared to 30 that went under the total.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick

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

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Betting Trends

Oakland has logged 17 extra-base hits over its last five games. Chicago has 11 XBH over its last five.

The Athletics have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games, including 12 over their last five.

Oakland has averaged 23.2 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 27.6 over its last five.

The Athletics have won six of their last seven games SU.


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