Oakland on Four-Game Winning Streak
The Oakland Athletics try to extend their season-high winning streak to five games when they take on the host Chicago White Sox in the second of a three-game series on Saturday night. Oakland took the series opener on Friday night and has won seven of its last eight but remains in last place in the AL West standings. Chicago has lost two straight and is in third place in the AL Central, three games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins. This should be another interesting matchup, so make sure you don’t make any bet online on this game before you read our in-depth preview.
Athletics Power Their Way To Series-Opening Win
The Oakland Athletics have not had a good offense, ranking 29th in the majors in runs and 24th in home runs. But the team has been hitting much better since the All-Star break, including Friday night, when they put up seven runs thanks to four home runs, including two by Seth Brown, who made it to the game after an early-morning flight following the birth of his son.
“We were joking with (Brown) before the game that now he’s got dad strength,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said after Friday’s win. “He shows up and hits two of the hardest balls all season.”
Brown is batting .230 with 18 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 43 RBIs and 33 runs scored. He has three of his home runs over the last four games.
Outfielder Stephen Piscotty also left the yard, his second straight game with a home run and his third in five games. Piscotty is batting .219 with four doubles, five home runs, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored in 33 games this season, as he’s dealt with multiple injuries.
Right-hander Paul Blackburn will make the start. Blackburn is 6-6 with a 4.35 ERA, striking out 82 in 101⅓ innings. His last outing was forgettable, as he lasted just 4⅓ innings against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, allowing 10 runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, while striking out five and walking two.
Frustration Building for White Sox
While the Chicago White Sox are right in the thick of the race for the AL Central crown, they’re also a game under .500 and having trouble reaching their lofty expectations. Chicago’s frustration seems to be boiling over a bit, as shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Tony La Russa were both ejected from Friday night’s loss.
Anderson was 1-for-3 with a double before his ejection. He’s batting .310 with 13 doubles, six home runs, 25 RBIs and 48 runs scored.
First baseman Jose Abreu had an RBI single in four plate appearances on Friday. He’s batting .299 with 27 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 53 runs scored.
Veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto will get the start. The 36-year-old is 4-4 with a 2.89 ERA in 12 starts and 13 overall appearances this season, striking out 58 in 81 innings. Cueto is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four July starts, though he took a no-decision in his last start against the Cleveland Guardians on July 23, allowing four runs (three earned) over seven innings of work.
Athletics vs White Sox Head-To-Head
The Oakland Athletics are trying to get back to the success they had against the Chicago White Sox in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, when they went a combined 7-2 against them. The 2020 matchup was in the postseason, as they didn’t play each other in the regular season.
Chicago won the season series in 2021, winning four of the seven matchups, including going 3-1 at home against Oakland. Looking at the MLB lines for Saturday’s game, the White Sox are getting the edge to even up this year’s series with a victory.
Athletics vs White Sox Game Information
- Game: Athletics (39-63) vs White Sox (49-50)
- Location: Guaranteed Rate Field
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs White Sox Live Stream: MLB TV
Athletics vs White Sox Betting Lines
|White Sox||4½ -120u|
Athletics vs White Sox Prediction
The Oakland Athletics have found their hitting since the All-Star break, and it’s made a big difference in their results. The Chicago White Sox have the potential to be a playoff team, but they’re slumping right now, and we like the Athletics to take advantage of that with another victory.
When making your MLB picks, take Oakland to get the road win.