Jesse Chavez (1-3, 2.56 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (13-24) as they meet John Danks (1-3, 5.12 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (15-17) in the second of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The White Sox won the last game 7-6 and Chicago leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 16 and will air on WGN, CSN-CA and MLB Network.
Chavez is 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.06 WHIP against the White Sox in his career. Josh Reddick (.339, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and three RBIs. In his career against the Athletics, Danks is 6-3 with a 2.38 ERA. He meets a solid Oakland offense that's batting .261. Jose Abreu (.289, 17 Rs, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs.
Oakland is a -137 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. The Athletics perform poorly as a favorite with an 8-15 record and have an overall money line of -1,412. The Athletics come into the game with the third-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.6 runs per game. The Athletics are an exceptional hitting team with 9.2 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the AL. As for 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.
Moving on to the away team, the White Sox come into this game with a weak win percentage of .312 when playing as the underdog (5-11) and an overall money line of -431. During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.7 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average. Switching gears to Chicago's pitching staff, they allow just 2.1 walks per road game, best in the AL.
So far this season, the White Sox are 1-0 against the Athletics. This game will feature Danks (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 1-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the White Sox will be the right-hander Chavez. They sport a 12-13 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
Chi White Sox 4-1-1 SU in their last 6 games.
Chi White Sox are 2-7-1 SU in their last 10 games, on the road.
Chi White Sox 4-1-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Oakland.
Chi White Sox are 1-7-1 SU in their last 9 games, when playing on the road against Oakland.
In their last game, the White Sox won by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 1-12 in one-run games. The White Sox have a 6-3 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 Chicago batters brought in a solid nine hits last game. Oakland has a record of 1-15 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-13. 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 11th with 35 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 (.678). Oakland ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .724.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 8-13. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 2-14 record.