Chicago White Sox at Oakland A's Betting Lines & Free Pick
After taking the opener of this three-game series Tuesday night, the White Sox shoot for more when the teams meet again Wednesday night in Oakland. Chicago is running away with the American League Central while the A's are playing themselves out of contention in the AL wild-card race. Frankie Montas gets the call here for the home team against struggling lefty Dallas Keuchel for the visitors. How are we playing this game with today's MLB pick?
MLB Betting Odds
Wednesday's baseball oddsboard opened Oakland at around -160 over the ChiSox, with an over/under of nine runs. Early betting action then bumped the A's to -165 and dipped that total to 8.5.
White Sox-A's MLB Betting Preview
Chicago grabbed the opener of this series Tuesday night 6-3. The White Sox rapped out 15 hits, 12 of them singles, and got five good innings from rookie starter Jimmy Lambert on their way toward victory.
Chicago won Tuesday as a +115 underdog, and the game pushed a total of nine runs.
With Tuesday's win, the White Sox are 7-3 over their last ten games. At 80-58 overall, Chicago leads the AL Central by 11 games over second-place Cleveland but trails Houston by one game in the battle for home-field advantage in the 2-vs.-3 divisional series in the upcoming American League playoffs.
Meanwhile, with Tuesday's loss, Oakland now owns a four-game losing skid. At 74-64 overall, the A's now trail the first-place Astros by seven games in the AL West, and they're 3.5 games behind Boston in the battle for the second American League wild-card spot.
The White Sox lead the season series with Oakland four games to one.
Wednesday's Pitching Match-Up
This pitching match-up is a rematch of a game played three weeks ago, a 5-2 Chicago victory.
By our strict standards, Montas is 10/27 on quality starts this season and two for his last three. Last Thursday, he allowed three runs on five hits, including two home runs, through 6 2/3 innings of an 8-6 Oakland victory over Detroit. And over his last three starts, he's allowed just those three runs and nine hits through 20 2/3 innings, with six walks against 22 strikeouts.
The A's are 14-13 with Montas this season, 5-2 over his last seven starts.
In his only career start against the White Sox, three weeks ago, Montas allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks through five frames of that 5-2 Oakland loss.
Keuchel is 8/26 on quality starts this year and 0 for his last five. Last Friday, he gave up five earned runs and seven hits through just three innings of a 7-2 Chicago loss to Kansas City. And over his last five starts, he's been bombed for 22 ER and 32 hits through 20 total innings.
This year, the White Sox are 14-12 with Keuchel but only 2-6 his last eight times out.
In that start against the A's three weeks ago, Keuchel allowed two runs and five hits through five innings and picked up the W.
Splits With the Sticks
Chicago is batting .252 against right-handed pitching this season, with a .334 team OBP and a .415 team slugging percentage.
Oakland is slashing .238/.314/.402 against left-handed pitching.
The White Sox bullpen owns a 4.15 ERA this year, along with a 1.26 WHIP and a 3.09 K/BB ratio, which ranks No. 2 in Baseball.
The A's pen owns a 3.99 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 2.37 K/BB ratio.
MLB Betting Trends
- The White Sox are 34-34 on the road this season.
- The A's are 37-32 at home.
- The White Sox are 57-44 against right-handed starters this season.
- The A's are 30-20 against left-handed starters.
Unders are 67-63 in White Sox games this season.
Unders are 69-64 in A's games.
Totals are split 34-34 in games played at the Oakland Coliseum this season.
Chciago White Sox at Oakland A's Prediction 9/8/21
Montas gets the check-mark in the pitching match-up, but Chicago owns the edge in the splits with the sticks. Meanwhile, the bullpens come out about even. Add that up, and we see good baseball betting value with the White Sox. Plus, Chicago's just playing the better ball as of late. So we like the ChiSox at the underdog price here for our free baseball betting pick for Wednesday.