Sonny Gray (13-7, 2.28 ERA) gets the start for the Oakland Athletics (61-82) as they go up against John Danks (7-12, 4.60 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (67-74) in the first of a four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 14 and will air on CSCA and CSCh.
In his last start, Danks pitched 9.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out five and walking one in a 12-1 victory over the Royals. Adam Eaton (.274, 85 Rs, 13 HRs, 46 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Athletics were also victorious the last time Gray pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out four and walking two in a 4-0 victory over the Astros. Ben Zobrist (.288, 69 Rs, 12 HRs, 51 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Chicago is a +110 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The White Sox are 35-43 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -781. Over the last 10 games, they have had a very good record when playing as the underdog (5-1). The most recent 10-game stretch for the White Sox has gone great. Over that span, Chicago is averaging 5.4 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.0.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .478 when playing as the favorite (33-36) and an overall money line of -2,682. They have the fifth-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.83. They also allow just 2.7 walks per game, good for fifth in the AL. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 7.6 strikeouts per game.
The previous three games have all gone Chicago's way. This game will feature Gray (RHP) on the mound against the White Sox, who have a 51-58 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Danks will take the mound against the Athletics. Against lefty starters this season, they have a terrible 13-28 record overall and 2-14 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - Oak, O/U - Over
For the 20th time this season, the White Sox registered at least two errors in a game.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the White Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 15-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 9-53. The White Sox have a 10-57 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total home runs this season, Chicago ranks 25th with 118 homers and Oakland is 22nd with 122.
Chicago and Oakland both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Chicago sits at seventh with 8.69 hits per game and Oakland ranks sixth with 8.71.
Chicago and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 26th with an OPS of .692 and Oakland ranks 24th with an OPS of .705.
The Athletics are 23-61 when they allow at least one home run. The White Sox perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 32-57 record.