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2021 MLB Handicapping
(80-58) Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics (74-64)
Date: Wednesday, September 8th
Time: 9:40 PM ET
Venue: RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland California
Projected Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel vs. Frankie Montas
MLB Moneyline Odds: White Sox +142 | Athletics -164
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Athletics -1.5 (+115)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
Chicago is running away with the AL Central and really doesn’t have much to play for down the stretch, but that didn’t stop them from getting a 6-3 win in Tuesday’s series opener in Oakland.
Tuesday’s loss was the latest in a long line of devastating defeats down the stretch for the A’s. Oakland did have a grasp on the 2nd wild card spot, but have now dropped four straight and five of their last six to fall 3.5 back of a potential postseason berth.
Chicago White Sox
Chicago had a nice win on Tuesday considering they had to bring Jimmy Lambert up from Triple A for a spot start and he ended up getting his first MLB victory. Lambert was great considering the circumstances, going 5.0 innings while allowing just 3 hits.
Dallas Keuchel gets the ball on Wednesday but Sox manager Tony LaRussa might be better off foraging the minor leagues again. Keuchel has hit a wall late in this season, and has given up 16 ER over his last three starts.
Keuchel was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in August but didn’t start September off well either, giving up 5 ER over just 3 innings pitched in a 7-2 loss to the Royals. Strangely enough one of Keuchel’s best starts lately came with 5.0 IP of 2 ER allowed in a 5-2 win over these A’s on August 16th.
Chicago isn’t a sure pushover on Wednesday night even if Keuchel struggles just because the Sox offense can keep them in this one. The White Sox belted out 15 hits on Tuesday, and Oakland has allowed 6+ runs in six straight games.
The A’s need to find some pitching and fast, as they’ve allowed 35 runs over their current four game losing streak. James Kaprielian had another decent start at home on Tuesday (4.0 IP, 1 ER) but the bullpen had yet another meltdown giving up 5 runs the rest of the game.
Frankie Montas needs to give that bullpen as much of a rest as possible when he takes the hill on Wednesday night. Montas could be lined up as a solid stopper, as Oakland has won 5 of his last 7 starts. The right-hander has given up just 3 ER total over his last three outings, including a couple of 7.0 IP 2-hitters against the Giants and Yankees.
Oakland managed just 3 hits against a Triple-A call up on Tuesday, so their offense needs to be better on Wednesday against the struggling Keuchel. Mark Canha can provide that boost, as he’s hit 3 HR over his past six games while knocking in 7 runs.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- White Sox are 5-2 last 7 overall
- White Sox are 15-38 last 53 as a road underdog
- White Sox 25-53 last 78 in Oakland
- A’s are 3-7 last 10 as a favorite
- A’s are 2-7 last 9 home games
- A’s are 1-4 last 5 head to head
Free Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
Montas has been great over his last few starts for the A’s but that bullpen is historically bad right now. There’s no confidence turning any lead over to the relievers right now, but Keuchel has also been so bad that Oakland could be up 5 or 6 by the time Montas is pulled.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over 9
The A’s just give up so many runs in general that you have to think this talented Sox offense gets a few. At the same time Keuchel isn’t getting anybody out over the past month.
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