Chicago White Sox (4-8) vs. Oakland Athletics (6-10)
Where and when: Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California, Monday, 10:05 pm EST
A 3-game series between the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics will take place at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Monday at 10:05 pm EST. In their last outing versus each other on 7/5/2017, the Oakland Athletics picked up the 7-4 home win. In his game, Jed Lowrie (3-4), Jaycob Brugman (2-3), and Rajai Davis (2-4) spearheaded the A’s offense with Lowrie and Bruce Maxwell (1-2) also driving in a combined 4 RBI’s. The White Sox had only 5 hits for this game with Todd Frazier (1-3) and Matt Davidson (1-4) having 2 RBI’s apiece in the loss. The losing pitcher in this matchup was Mike Pelfrey who lasted only 3.1 innings and allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 home run, and 5 strikeouts along with an ERA of 4.46. On the other hand, Sonny Gray was the winner as he lasted 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts in the victory. The Athletics cashed in on the spread (-200) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs.
The Chicago White Sox come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3. On top of that, the last 3 games of a 4-game set with Minnesota was postponed due to inclement weather conditions so this team will likely be a little rusty, yet, very motivated to get back on the field. In their last outing, they were 4-0 road losers to the Twins on 4/12. Nicky Delmonico, Yolmer Sanchez, and Tim Anderson each had a hit apiece for the White Sox while pitcher Lucas Giolito (0-2) suffered the loss as he went 6.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, with an ERA of 5.50 for the game. The Twins cashed in on the spread (-210) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs for the game.
The Oakland Athletics enter this game losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2. In their last outing, the A’s avoided the sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday with a slim 2-1 road victory behind a strong pitching performance from Sean Manaea (2-2) who went 7 innings and allowing only 1 run on 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 homer, and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.63. Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie led the offense as each were 2-4 with Lowrie having 2 RBI’s. Taylor Motter and Kyle Seager had the only hits of the game for the Mariners while Robinson Cano went 0-3 for the day. The losing pitcher was Felix Hernandez (2-2) who lasted 5.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on just 5 hits, 1 home run, and 7 strikeouts and an ERA of 5.48. This was largely a defensive game yet the A’s managed to cover the spread in this contest as favorites (-117) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs.
Lopez Seeking 1st Win of Season
Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) will make his third start of the year on Monday night for the White Sox. In his last outing on 4/8, he delivered 91 pitches while lasting 7 innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 5 strikeouts in a 1-0 home loss to Detroit. In his first outing of the year, Lopez delivered 100 pitches while lasting 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 homer, and 6 strikeouts in a 4-2 road loss at Toronto on 4/2/2018. This matchup will be the righty’s first contest against the Oakland A’s, however, Lopez has been dominant against Matt Joyce (0-2, 2 SO) in the past.
Mengden Building Momentum
After losing his first 2 starts of the season, right-hander Daniel Mengden picked up his 1st win of the season his last time out by delivering 87 pitches while lasting 5 innings and allowing 4 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts in a 16-6 road win versus the LA Dodgers on 4/11. For the season, Mengden has pitched 16 innings and allowed 14 runs on 19 hits, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts, with an ERA of 6.19. This will be his first start against this Chicago White Sox squad; however, Yoan Moncada is 1-2 against the righty in his career with 1 RBI and a double.
- The White Sox are 22-49 in last 71 road games
- The Under is 19-7-1 in Athletics last 27 Monday games
- The Over is 5-2-1 in Athletics last 8 overall
These two teams have struggled so far this season, so, I am not comfortable at all in picking sides when it comes to winners and losers for this contest despite the A’s being able to pick up a hard-fought victory in their last outing against the Mariners. Nonetheless, with both teams struggling, I tend to eye the O/U which is currently set at 8.5 runs. In all, with both lineups not having much experience against the opposing pitchers combined with Mengden continuing his solid year thus far, I will gladly side with the under in this instance.