Athletics vs. White Sox Picks
After a postponement on Thursday night, will the Oakland Athletics manage a pair of wins over the Chicago White Sox on Friday in a doubleheader?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, June 22, 2018
4:10PM & 7:10PM ET – Guaranteed Rate Field
TV: NSCA; NSC+
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Athletics are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -130 to win the opener and odds of -140 to win the nightcap, while the White Sox are listed with a money line of +120 in Game 1 and +130 to win. The over/under total for each contest is listed at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Athletics on win streak
Oakland has won four straight games coming into tonight. That includes a pair of wins over the Angels and a pair over the Padres. Oakland is now 38-36 overall and 18-16 on the road. The Athletics are putting up 4.49 runs per game this season while allowing 4.43 per contest.
Sean Manaea gets the start for the Athletics in the opener. He is 6-6 through 15 starts with a 3.56 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP Manaea has amassed 68 strikeouts and 19 walks over 93.2 innings this season.
Chris Bassit is getting the start for the Athletics this evening. He has started two games this year and is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. He has allowed just three earned runs over 11.0 innings. Bassit also has nine strikeouts and two walks.
White Sox a mess
Chicago had some momentum a week ago, but they have now lost 12 straight, including a 12-0 thrashing on Wednesday against the Indians. The Sox are 24-49 overall and 12-24 at home. The White Sox are putting up just 3.70 runs per game this season while allowing 5.12 per contest.
James Shields gets the start for the White Sox in Game 1. He is 2-8 through 15 starts with a 4.63 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. Shields has pitched a total of 95.1 innings and has 64 strikeouts with 37 walks.
Lucas Giolito takes the mound for the White Sox this evening and he carries a 4-7 record through 14 starts. Giolito has a 7.19 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP. He has pitched a total of 71.1 innings and has 40 strikeouts with 45 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won six straight meetings with the White Sox and five of their last games in Chicago. They also have won eight of their last 11 road games.
The White Sox have lost six of Giolito’s last seven home starts and they are 13-38 in their last 51 games against a team with a winning record.
The pitching in both matchups is definitely with Oakland and that I why I think they can sweep. Manaea hasn’t been at his best over recent weeks, but he still has better stuff than Shields. Bassit hasn’t gotten any help at the plate in his first two starts, which is why he has taken two losses despite impressive numbers. I think he will get that run support today, as Giolito has been really rough on the mound. If you walk more than you strikeout, you are not likely to have many good outings.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics -130/-140