Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+165) Chicago (-217)
Guaranteed Rate Field is the site where Lance Lynn and the Chicago White Sox (69-50, 1st in AL Central) will take on the Oakland Athletics (68-51, 2nd in AL West) on Wednesday. The White Sox open this contest at -217 while the Athletics are coming in at +165. The total has been set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound will be Cole Irvin and Lance Lynn.
The Athletics have compiled 201 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 151 balls out of the park. Oakland has a slugging % of .410 and have struck out 1,014 times, while taking a walk on 406 occasions. As a unit, the Oakland Athletics are recording 4.6 runs/g, which has them sitting at 13th in MLB. They have accounted for 511 RBI's in addition to 938 base knocks on the year, while their batting average is at .237. They have accumulated 544 runs scored and have an OBP of .318.
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Athletics pitchers have allowed 123 home runs and also 465 runs in total (5th in baseball). They have walked 317 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 3.84 as a team on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.12 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.21. The Athletics hold a team ERA of 3.66 on the year (6th in the league), and the staff has rung up 989 hitters.
The Athletics relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 63.0% and stepped onto the hill in 94 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 125 base runners for the year and 35.2% of them ended up scoring. Athletics bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 90 times as well as having 100 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 356 relievers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have tallied 48 holds on the year (24th in baseball). They have recorded 29 saves for the year and have blown 17 out of their 46 chances to get a save.
The Oakland Athletics have amassed 3,170 putouts this year, as well as 958 assists and 53 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .987 which ranks 3rd in baseball, and have accumulated 807 double plays. The Athletics have turned 70.4% of baseballs in play into outs in their 9,510 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 6th in the majors.
Irvin (10-13 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.95 while he has gone up against 769 opposing batters in the major leagues. He has conceded 191 base knocks (9.5 hits per 9 innings) with 39 free passes. His ERA is 4.33 (87 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.273. Irvin has taken the hill for 180 frames and has accumulated 131 strikeouts during his pro baseball career.
The White Sox have a SLG% of .419 and they average 4.96 runs per contest (7th in MLB). They have recorded 196 two-baggers, while taking a walk 439 times as well as notching 590 runs. Chicago has knocked in 141 home runs for the year as well as 559 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,046 occasions (14th in baseball) and have 977 hits. The Chicago White Sox have recorded a team OBP of .332 and a team batting average of .251 for the year.
The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.189 in addition to having a FIP of 3.84 as a unit so far this season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.33 (1,192 strikeouts vs 358 free passes). They are sitting at 3rd in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 867. They have conceded 144 homers and they concede 4.03 runs per 9 innings (6th in MLB). The Chicago pitching staff have conceded 461 runs on the season while holding a team ERA of 3.63 (416 earned runs surrendered).
Sitting with 119 save situations, the White Sox have tallied 65 holds in addition to 21 blown saves. Chicago has called on relievers to take the mound in 51 save chances and they have walked away with 30 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 113 times in high leverage situations and on 97 occasions with runners on base. Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 32.7% out of 153 inherited base runners. They are ranked 17th in the league with a save percentage of 58.8%, and they have dispatched 357 relievers to the hill for the season.
In 9,273 innings on the field, the White Sox have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.0% (10th in pro baseball). The Chicago White Sox have turned 73 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .982 (27th in MLB). The White Sox have recorded 864 assists, 73 errors and have a tally of 3,091 putouts on the campaign.
So far in his MLB career, Lynn has allowed 1,401 base knocks and he has 1,552 K's in 1,546 innings pitched. He has conceded 596 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.272 and a FIP of 3.6. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.74 and he has faced 6,536 hitters during his MLB career. Lynn (114-74 career win-loss record) is the owner of a 3.47 earned run average while allowing 8.2 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (+165)
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