Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox Prediction, 8/19/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox
Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+130) Chicago (-167)
James Kaprielian and the Oakland Athletics (68-52, 2nd in AL West) are headed to Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Chicago White Sox (70-50, 1st in AL Central). The moneyline on this matchup has the Athletics coming in at +130 and the White Sox are at -167. The O/U has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be James Kaprielian and Dylan Cease.
As a squad, the Oakland Athletics are earning 4.5 runs per game, which puts them at 13th in baseball. They have racked up 544 runs scored and hold an OBP of .317. The Athletics have compiled 201 two-baggers as a team and have smacked 151 balls out of the stadium. They have 511 RBI's and 942 hits on the campaign, and their batting average is .237. Oakland is slugging .408 and have been called out on strikes 1,020 times, while drawing a walk on 409 occasions.
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Athletics pitchers have relinquished 125 long balls in addition to 474 runs (6th in baseball). They have walked 321 opposing hitters and their FIP is 3.85 as a squad over the course of the season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.11 and their pitching staff sits with a WHIP of 1.21. The Athletics hold a team earned run average of 3.70 on the campaign (7th in the league), and their staff has struck out 998 hitters.
The Athletics relievers have a save percentage of 63.0% and has come into the game in 94 save situations. The relievers have inherited 128 base runners this season with 36.7% of those runners crossed the plate. Athletics bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with players on base 91 times as well as having 101 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 361 relievers to the mound on the season. The relievers are sitting with 48 holds for the season (24th in baseball). They have earned 29 saves over the course of the season and have blown 17 out of their 46 save chances.
The Athletics have turned 70.3% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 9,582 innings, which has them sitting 6th in the majors. The Oakland Athletics have notched a total of 3,194 putouts thus far, as well as 963 assists and 53 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .987 which puts them in 3rd in pro baseball, and they have turned 810 double plays.
Kaprielian has thrown 87 frames and has tallied 87 punch outs during his career. His earned run average is 3.50 (34 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.179. He has surrendered 72 base hits (7.4 hits per 9 innings) and has had 31 free passes. Kaprielian (6-4 win-loss mark in his career) holds a FIP of 4.25 and he has gone up against 361 opposing batters in the majors.
The White Sox have a team slugging percentage of .421 and they score 4.99 runs per contest (7th in the league). They have put up 196 doubles, while getting a free base 443 times as well as scoring 599 runs. Chicago has recorded 143 home runs so far this season as well as 568 RBIs. They have been rung up on 1,055 instances (14th in MLB) and have earned 988 base hits. The Chicago White Sox have tallied an OBP of .333 and a team batting average of .251 on the season.
The White Sox have a WHIP of 1.186 in addition to having a FIP of 3.83 as a team on the year. They come in at 3rd in the league as a staff in total hits conceded with 871. The Chicago pitching staff have surrendered 461 runs over the course of the season while holding an ERA of 3.60 (416 earned runs surrendered). Their K/BB ratio is 3.32 (1,198 strikeouts against 361 bases on balls). They have allowed 144 long balls and they concede 3.99 runs per 9 innings (4th in MLB).
Chicago has had bullpen pitchers enter the game in 51 save chances and they have tallied 30 saves. They rank 20th in the league with a save percentage of 58.8%, and they have sent 359 bullpen pitchers to the hill on the season. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 113 times in high leverage situations and on 97 occasions with runners on. Chicago bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 32.7% out of their 153 inherited runners. With 119 save situations, the White Sox have compiled 65 holds and also 21 blown saves.
In their 9,354 innings played, the White Sox have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 70.0% (10th in professional baseball). The Chicago White Sox have twisted 77 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .982 (27th in the majors). The White Sox have 876 assists, 73 errors and have earned a total of 3,118 putouts on the season.
During his pro baseball career, Cease has conceded 235 base hits while tallying 290 strikeouts in 256 innings. Cease (18-17 record in his career) is the owner of a 4.54 ERA while conceding 8.3 hits per 9 innings. He has given up 129 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.379 and a FIP of 4.6. His K/BB ratio is 2.46 and he has faced 1,117 opposing hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Oakland (+130)
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