White Sox Aiming at Division Title
The Chicago White Sox try to find some consistency when they begin a four-game weekend series with the host Oakland Athletics on Thursday night. Chicago has alternated wins and losses over its last five games and is in third place in the American League Central standings, two games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians.
Oakland has lost two in a row and is in last place in the AL West, trailing the fourth-place Texas Rangers by 9½ games. These two teams played a tight series earlier this season, so to help with your betting online, read our in-depth preview of Thursday’s series opener.
White Sox Seek Consistency Down Stretch
The Chicago White Sox continue to hang around in the AL Central, sitting just two games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians and tied with the Minnesota Twins. Putting together a solid stretch of wins could catapult Chicago into first place in the division, but they need to get more consistent play from everyone.
“Everyone stepped up and did their job,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said after Wednesday’s win. “That’s teamwork. That’s a team. Everyone is picking each other up and that’s what we’ve been doing lately.”
On Wednesday, it was outfielder Eloy Jimenez picking up the White Sox, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Jimenez is batting .305 with seven doubles, 10 home runs, 36 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 62 games.
Right-hander Dylan Cease will get the start for Thursday’s opener. Cease is 13-6 with a 2.13 ERA that ranks second in all of baseball. He’s fifth in the majors with 197 strikeouts in156 innings and is coming off a complete-game, one-hit shutout of the Twins on Saturday.
Athletics Can Play Spoiler
The Oakland Athletics are using the last few weeks of the 2022 season to hopefully build for the future, using younger players and finding out what they’ve got. One of those younger players, left-hander JP Sears, will get the start on Thursday — his sixth with Oakland since being acquired in a trade-deadline deal from the New York Yankees.
The 26-year-old rookie is 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA over seven starts and 12 total appearances between the two teams. He took a no-decision in his last outing, going six innings against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday and allowing two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one.
Outfielder Seth Brown continues to play well, going 1-for-4 with a home run in Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves. Brown has a team-high 21 home runs to go with 22 doubles, two triples, 55 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
Catcher Sean Murphy leads Oakland with a .252 batting average and 62 RBIs. He’s hit 30 doubles, a triple and 18 home runs and scored 58 times.
White Sox vs Athletics Head-To-Head
The Chicago White Sox are looking for their second straight season series win against the Oakland Athletics, coming into this weekend’s series with a 2-1 lead. Chicago won the 2021 season series by a 4-3 count.
Oakland has had a lot of success against the White Sox at home, going 12-3 against Chicago at Oakland Coliseum since the start of the 2017 campaign. The MLB lines for Thursday’s contest aren’t planning on that success to continue, giving the edge to Cease and Chicago.
White Sox vs Athletics Game Information
- Game: White Sox (69-68) vs Athletics (50-87)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Thursday, Sept. 8, 9:40 p.m. ET
- White Sox vs Oakland Live stream: MLB.tv
White Sox vs Athletics Betting Lines
|Chicago White Sox
D. Cease -R
|-1½ -110||-200||7 -120o||3½ -150o
J. Sears -L
|+1½ -110||+170||7 Evu||2½ -130o
White Sox vs Athletics Prediction
Cease has been one of the better pitchers in baseball this season, and he’ll be facing one of the worst offenses in the majors in the Oakland Athletics. Look for the Chicago White Sox to start this series right with a victory.
When making your MLB picks, take Chicago to get the road win.