In the first of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (13-23) and the Chicago White Sox (13-23) at O.C. Coliseum, Jesse Hahn (1-3, 4.73 ERA) and Carlos Rodon (1-0, 2.92 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 15 and will air on CSN-CHI and CSN-CA.
In his last start, Hahn pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four runs (two unearned), striking out four and walking three in a 7-2 loss to the Mariners. The White Sox were victorious over the Reds 8-2 the last time Rodon pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking four. Avisail Garcia (.322, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Athletics have one of the most prolific home offenses in the entire AL, averaging 5.2 runs per game. The Athletics rank second in the AL in hits with 9.2 per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Athletics are fifth in the AL in walks allowed at home with just 2.8 per game.
During the last 10 games, they averaged 4.7 runs per game, above their 3.7 season average.
This game will feature Rodon (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have a 1-6 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Hahn will take the mound against the White Sox, who have a 12-13 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
Oakland has won 30% (6-14) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 56% (5-4) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 3-7 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 2-15. The Athletics have a 2-13 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 22 this season. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 34.
Ranking eighth, Chicago is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.58 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at second 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 12th with an OPS of .718.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 7-13. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 2-14 record.