In the first of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (57-63) and the Oakland Athletics (52-69) at U.S. Cellular Field, James Shields (5-14, 5.78 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (8-8, 4.37 ERA) get the ball. The Athletics go into this series looking to snap a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19 and will air on CSN+ and CSCA.
In his most recent outing, Shields pitched 3.0 innings, allowing seven runs and walking one in an 8-7 victory over the Marlins. Adam Eaton (.276, 60 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run. The Athletics were unsuccessful the last time Graveman pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking one in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners. Danny Valencia (.298, 49 Rs, 14 HRs, 43 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Wednesday.
Chicago is favored by a slight -110 margin in its matchup against Oakland. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. When playing as the favorite, the White Sox have a 30-24 record and overall money line at -454.
On the other side, the Athletics have a record of 35-47 when they are the underdog and are -1,350 overall with the money line.
The White Sox are 3-1 against the Athletics this season. The White Sox will take on a right-hander (Graveman) in this game and have a 45-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Shields will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 39-50 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
Oakland has won 38% (18-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Chicago has won 50% (27-27) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The White Sox have a record of 12-6 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 35-13. The White Sox have a 40-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling near the bottom of the league based on total runs this season, Chicago ranks 25th with 483 runs and Oakland is 26th with 482.
Ranking 29th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 304 this season. Chicago ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 345.
The White Sox are 42-36 when they hit at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 40-38 record.