Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Mat Latos vs. Kendall Graveman
The Chicago White Sox visit O.co Coliseum on Thursday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Mat Latos for the White Sox and Kendall Graveman for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +110 and Oakland at -120. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox had a 76-79-7 over/under record last season and a 77-85-0 run line mark, meaning they covered 48% of the time. The Athletics were 77-85-0 against the run line and had a 86-66-10 over/under record. They covered the spread 48% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup coming off a 76 - 86 season, including 36-45 on the road. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had a 4 - 10 record with an earned run average of 4.95 and a WHIP of 1.31. He had 100 strikeouts over his 116.1 innings pitched and he also gave up 120 hits over that time period. He allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.72. The bullpen had an earned run average of 3.67 and they gave up 425 base hits on the year. Teams hit .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 423 times and walking 176 times last season. As a team, Chicago allowed 8.94 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.42 batters per nine. They were 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.98. The White Sox pitchers collectively gave up 1,443 base hits and 643 earned runs last year. They allowed 162 home runs last season and they allowed 1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff walked 474 batters and struck out 1,359. They walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit was 3.82.
As a team, Chicago batted .250, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The White Sox held a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which was good for 27th in baseball. They ranked 16th in baseball with 8.52 hits per game. Jose Abreu hit .290 last season and his on-base percentage was at .347. He had 178 hits last season along with 88 runs scored and 101 runs batted in. He struck out 140 times and walked 39 times. Todd Frazier hit .255 and he had an on-base percentage of .309 last year. He totaled 158 hits while scoring 82 runs and he drove in 89. He walked 44 times and struck out 137 times. The White Sox had 1,381 hits, including 260 doubles, 27 triples, and 136 home runs. They stole 68 bases while they were thrown out stealing 42 times. Chicago walked 404 times last season and they struck out 1,231 times as a unit. They left 1,065 men on base and had a team OPS of .686. They scored 3.84 runs per contest and scored a total of 622 runs last season.
Oakland comes into this matchup after having a 34-47 home record and a 68 - 94 overall mark last year. With an earned run average last season of 4.05, Kendall Graveman will come into this game after holding a 6 - 9 record and a 1.42 WHIP. He had 77 strikeouts over the 115.2 innings he pitched during which he gave up 126 hits. He allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.6. The bullpen had an earned run average of 4.63 and they gave up 496 base hits last year. Teams hit .249 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 458 times and walking 177 times last season. As a team, Oakland allowed 8.73 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.34 batters per nine. They were 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Athletics pitchers as a team surrendered 1,402 base knocks and 664 earned runs last season. They gave up 172 home runs last year and they gave up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff walked 474 hitters and struck out 1,179. They gave up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they struck out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.30 while their FIP as a staff was 4.13.
As a team, they hit .251, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Athletics held a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which was good for 20th in baseball. They ranked 11th in baseball with 8.67 hits per contest. Josh Reddick batted .272 last season and he had an OBP of .333. He had 143 hits last year along with 67 runs scored and 77 RBI. He struck out 65 times and walked on 49 occasions. Billy Butler hit .251 and he had an OBP of .323. He collected 135 hits last year while he scored 63 runs and drove in 65. He earned a walk 52 times and punched out 101 times. The Athletics as a unit had 1,405 base hits last year, including 277 doubles, 46 triples, and 146 homers. They had 78 stolen bases while they were thrown out 29 times. Oakland as a team walked 475 times last year and they struck out 1,119 times. They had 1,102 men left on base and had an OPS of .707. They scored 4.28 runs per game and totaled 694 runs last season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox were 76-79-7 against the over/under last season
The Chicago White Sox were 77-85-0 against the run line last season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics were 86-66-10 against the over/under last season
The Oakland Athletics were 77-85-0 against the run line last season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
No key injuries to report
04/06/16 P Kendall Graveman Flu expected to start Thursday vs. Chicago White Sox
04/06/16 P Sonny Gray Flu expected to start Wednesday vs. Chicago White Sox
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4)
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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