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Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics, 4-16-2018 - Pick and Prediction
Major League Baseball action on Monday evening and the American League Central will square off with the American League West was the well-rested Chicago White Sox grapple with the Oakland A?s at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California in game one of a three-game series. The A?s won five of the six meetings between these teams last year. Pitching Probables: Reynaldo Lopez (0-1, 0.69 ERA) will get the nod for the White Sox and the A?s will counter with Daniel Mengden (1-2, 6.19 ERA).
A 3-game series between the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics will take place at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California, on Monday at 10:05 pm EST.  In their last outing versus each other on 7/5/2017, the Oakland Athletics picked up the 7-4 home win.  In his game, Jed Lowrie (3-4), Jaycob Brugman (2-3), and Rajai Davis (2-4) spearheaded the A?s offense with Lowrie and Bruce Maxwell (1-2) also driving in a combined 4 RBI?s.  The White Sox had only 5 hits for this game with Todd Frazier (1-3) and Matt Davidson (1-4) having 2 RBI?s apiece in the loss.  The losing pitcher in this matchup was Mike Pelfrey who lasted only 3.1 innings and allowing 4 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks, 1 home run, and 5 strikeouts along with an ERA of 4.46.  On the other hand, Sonny Gray was the winner as he lasted 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 homer, and 5 strikeouts in the victory.  The Athletics cashed in on the spread (-200) while the over was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs.  The Chicago White Sox come into this matchup losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-3.  On top of that, the last 3 games of a 4-game set with Minnesota was postponed due to inclement weather conditions so this team will likely be a little rusty, yet, very motivated to get back on the field.  In their last outing, they were 4-0 road losers to the Twins on 4/12.  Nicky Delmonico, Yolmer Sanchez, and Tim Anderson each had a hit apiece for the White Sox while pitcher Lucas Giolito (0-2) suffered the loss as he went 6.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits, 5 walks, 3 strikeouts, with an ERA of 5.50 for the game.  The Twins cashed in on the spread (-210) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 9 runs for the game.  The Oakland Athletics enter this game losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 3-2.  In their last outing, the A?s avoided the sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners on Sunday with a slim 2-1 road victory behind a strong pitching performance from Sean Manaea (2-2) who went 7 innings and allowing only 1 run on 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 homer, and 4 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.63.  Marcus Semien and Jed Lowrie led the offense as each were 2-4 with Lowrie having 2 RBI?s.  Taylor Motter and Kyle Seager had the only hits of the game for the Mariners while Robinson Cano went 0-3 for the day.  The losing pitcher was Felix Hernandez (2-2) who lasted 5.1 innings while allowing 2 runs on just 5 hits, 1 home run, and 7 strikeouts and an ERA of 5.48.  This was largely a defensive game yet the A?s managed to cover the spread in this contest as favorites (-117) while the under was the play in that the total was set at 8.5 runs. 
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