Oakland Athletics vs Chicago White Sox MLB Pick – July 29

The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 29. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these games will be between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. These two teams have struggled a bit, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 8:10 PM Eastern time.

Oakland has posted a record of 38-63 throughout the season, which has them in last place of the AL West. The Athletics have won three games in a row and are 7-3 throughout their last 10 games. Oakland is sixteen games out of a wild card spot entering this one. The A’s will look to remain hot with another win on the road.

The White Sox have put up a record of 49-49 so far on the season, which has them in third place of the AL Central. Chicago is coming off a loss, but have gone 6-4 in their last 10 matchups. The White Sox are three games back on the top seeded Minnesota Twins. Chicago will look for a big win as they try to catch the division leader.

These two teams have not been great this season, but will look for the win on Friday. The Athletics have been hot as of late, but have struggled overall this season. Chicago has struggled to meet expectations after being heavy divisional favorites. If either team can come out fast, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Oakland Athletics +1 ½ (-120) +168 Over 8 ½ (+100)
Chicago White Sox -1 ½ (+100) -206 Under 8 ½ (-120)
Team Data Oakland Athletics Chicago White Sox
Overall Record 38-63 49-49
Away/ Home Record 21-30 21-27
Batting Average .214 .257
Batting Average Away/ Home .226 .241
ERA 4.29 4.02
ERA Away/ Home 4.20 4.55

Betting Trends

Oakland Athletics

  • 13-10 in July
  • 4-12 when playing on a Friday
  • 2-8 when playing with a day off
  • 19-33 in night games
  • 27-43 against right handed starters
  • 14-25 after a win
  • 0-1 after three or more straight wins

Chicago White Sox

  • 14-10 in July games
  • 5-9 when playing on Friday
  • 5-7 when playing with a day off
  • 24-28 in night games
  • 38-39 against right handers
  • 27-22 after a loss
  • 21-25 against team with a losing record

These two teams met up seven times throughout the last season. The White Sox earned a record of 4-3, outscoring Oakland 29-20 in those matchups. Chicago is coming off a two game set against the Colorado Rockies, splitting the games. The Athletics are coming off a three game sweep against the Houston Astros.

Offense

The Athletics have struggled a bit hitting the ball throughout the season. Oakland has a batting average of .214, which is 30th in the league. The Athletics have earned a .275 on base percentage, which is 30th in the MLB. Oakland has posted an OPS of .617, which is also 30th in the league. The Athletics have hit .212 against righties.

Chicago has been solid at the plate so far on the season. The White Sox have a .257 batting average, which is 3rd in the MLB. Chicago has put up an OBP of .312, which is 17th in the league. The White Sox have earned a .696 OPS, which is 12th in the MLB. Chicago has a BA of .251 against right handers.

The White Sox have been the better team hitting the ball on the season and will look to get their offense going early. Chicago will need their offense to step up in the last half of this season if they want to make the postseason. Oakland has been solid as of late and will look to keep it going. If either team can hit well early, it could be enough for the win.

Pitching Preview

James Kaprielian will likely get the nod on the mound for Oakland in this one. Kaprielian has started in 15 games this season, going 1-5 in those matchups. He has posted a 4.74 ERA and a WHIP of 1.32 in those outings. Kaprielian’s last start was against the Texas Rangers. He gave up two hits through five innings in the no decision.

I expect Lance Lynn to get the start at pitcher for the White Sox on Friday night. Lynn has earned a record of 1-3 in his 8 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 6.43 and a 1.40 WHIP in those starts. Lynn pitched six innings in his last start against the Cleveland Guardians. He gave up three hits in the no decision.

These two pitchers have struggled a bit on the season, but will look to get going early. Lynn has struggled since returning from injury, but I expect him to get back on track. The Athletics bullpen has a slight edge entering this one. Oakland’s relievers have a 4.06 ERA, which is 19th in the league. Chicago’s bullpen has combined for an ERA of 4.07, which is 20th in the MLB.

Pick Overview

These two teams have struggled a bit on the season, but will look for a big win in this one. Oakland has been strong as of late, but I think they are due for a loss. Lynn is coming off a strong outing and I think he will build on it in this one. If Chicago can get their bats going early, I think they can get the win at home. 

Bovada has the White Sox listed as a -206 against the money line. This implies that Chicago will win this game around 67.3 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value in it. The White Sox are also listed at -1 ½ for +100 in this one. If Chicago can come out strong, I believe they will cover the spread.

The Bet
Chicago White Sox -1.5
+100
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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