Chris Sale (14-6, 3.30 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (1-1, 4.15 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago White Sox (57-64) and the Oakland Athletics (53-69) at U.S. Cellular Field. The Athletics won the last game 9-0, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and can be seen on CSCA and WGN.
Sale pitched 6.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-4 defeat to the Marlins. Adam Eaton (.276, 60 Rs, 11 HRs, 45 RBIs, 12 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Detwiler went 4.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking four in a 5-2 defeat to the Rangers in his most recent start. Khris Davis (.256, 62 Rs, 31 HRs, 77 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 3 for 4 yesterday with four runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
This one isn't expected to be close when Chicago, a big -205 favorite, takes on Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The White Sox have an overall money line of -554 and a record as the favorite of 30-24.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 35-47 record and an overall money line of -1,350. The Athletics are tough outs for opponents, ranking fourth in the AL with 9.1 hits per road game.
The White Sox lead the season series, 3-2. The White Sox have a 12-11 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Detwiler takes the mound. Sale (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 13-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - CWS, O/U - Over
Oakland earned its fifth shutout of the season in its last game. Chicago has been shut out nine times this season.
The White Sox didn't score any runs in their last game. The Athletics have a 5-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 9-48. The Athletics have a 13-55 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 120 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 135.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.50 per game. Chicago ranks in the top 10 with 8.60.
Chicago and Oakland both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Chicago sits at 24th with an OPS of .712, and Oakland ranks 27th with an OPS of .708.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 25-56. When the White Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 33-43 record.