Scott Kazmir (2-1, 2.78 ERA) gets the ball for the Oakland Athletics (13-25) as they go up against Jeff Samardzija (2-2, 4.80 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (16-17) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The White Sox won the last game 4-3 and Chicago leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 17 and will air on CSN-CHI and CSN-CA.
Kazmir has a 5.35 ERA and a 3-6 record in his career against the White Sox, and is up against a solid Chicago offense that's hitting .258 on the year. Stephen Vogt (.337, 19 Rs, 9 HRs, 30 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The White Sox were unsuccessful the last time Samardzija pitched. He struggled, going, going 6.0 innings, allowing five runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 10-7 loss to the Brewers. Jose Abreu (.296, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Oakland, a -129 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Chicago. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is seven runs. The Athletics have a losing record of 8-16 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of -1,532. Over the last 10 games, they have performed poorly when playing as the favorite (2-5). Oakland has been struggling as of late. In the last 10 games, Oakland has only averaged 3.4 runs per game compared to the 4.7 they've averaged on the season. The Athletics have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire AL, averaging 4.7 runs per game. The Athletics are an exceptional hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Athletics don't give up many walks to opposing batters at O.C. Coliseum, ranking fifth in the AL with only 2.8 walks allowed per home game.
Switching gears, the White Sox come into this game with a weak win percentage of .353 when playing as the underdog (6-11) and an overall money line of -321. Chicago has been playing better lately, averaging 5.1 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.8. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they allow just 2.1 walks per road game, good for tops in the AL.
The previous two games have all gone Chicago's way. The Athletics will take on a right-hander (Samardzija) in this game and have a 12-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the left-hander Kazmir. They sport a 2-4 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
In their last game, the White Sox won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 1-13 in one-run games. The White Sox have a 7-3 record in close games.
Neither Oakland nor Chicago has won a game in extra innings. The Athletics are 0-6 in such matchups, and the White Sox are 0-1.
The White Sox are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Athletics have a record of 9-13 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-14. The White Sox have a 3-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 29th in home runs, Chicago has hit 22 this season. Oakland ranks 10th with 36 home runs.
Ranking seventh, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.58 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.17.
Ranking 24th, Chicago is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.682). Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .722.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 9-13. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 2-14 record.