The MLB is set up with another strong slate of baseball action on Saturday. Fifteen games are up on the board throughout July 30. One of these games will be between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox. These two teams have struggled this season, but will look to bounce back with a win. This game will throw the first pitch at around 7:15 PM Eastern time.
Oakland has earned a record of 39-63 on the season, which has them sitting in last place of the AL West. The Athletics have won four games in a row and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games. Oakland has fallen far out of the postseason, but will look to bounce back. The Athletics will look to step up early on the road in this game.
The White Sox have put up a record of 49-50 throughout the season, which has them in third place of the AL Central. Chicago has lost their last two games and are 5-5 in their last 10. The White Sox are three and a half games back on the division lead. Chicago will look to come out fast at home on Saturday night.
These two teams have been solid this season and will look to come out quickly in this one. The Athletics have been hot as of late and will look to get their offense going early. Chicago has struggled a bit recently and will look to bounce back at home. If either team can get the lead early, it could be enough to get the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Oakland Athletics||+1 ½ (-135)||+144||Over 8 ½ (+100)|
|Chicago White Sox||-1 ½ (+115)||-175||Under 8 ½ (-120)|
|Team Data||Oakland Athletics||Chicago White Sox|
|Away/ Home Record||22-30||21-28|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.226||.240|
|ERA Away/ Home||4.18||4.58|
- 14-10 in July
- 6-11 when playing on Saturday
- 20-33 in night games
- 28-43 against right handed starters
- 15-25 after a win
- 1-1 after three or more straight wins
Chicago White Sox
- 14-11 in July games
- 10-7 when playing on a Saturday
- 24-29 in night games
- 38-40 against right handers
- 27-23 after a loss
- 21-26 against team with a losing record
These two teams met up for the first time this season on Friday night. Josh Harrison had a two run homer for the White Sox, but it was not enough for the win. Seth Brown homered twice, while Stephen PIscotty and Elvis Andrus both had home runs as well. The Athletics were able to ride the strong offensive performance to a 7-3 win.
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— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 30, 2022
The Athletics have struggled at the plate throughout this season. Oakland has a .215 batting average, which is 30th in the MLB. The Athletics have earned an on base percentage of .275, which is also 30th in the league. Oakland has posted a .620 OPS, which is last in the MLB as well. The A’s have a BA of .213 against righties.
Chicago has been solid hitting the ball so far on the season. The White Sox have a batting average of .256, which is 4th in the league. Chicago has put up a .311 OBP, which is 18th in the MLB. The White Sox have earned an OPS of .695, which is18th in the league. Chicago has hit .250 against right handers this season.
The White Sox have been much better hitting the ball and will look to step up in this one. Oakland had nine hits in Friday’s tilt and held Chicago to only six hits. The Athletics have been strong hitting the ball in this win streak. The White Sox will look to shut them down though. If either team can hit well early, it could lead them to the win.
Paul Blackburn will likely get the nod at pitcher for Oakland on Saturday night. Blackburn has earned a record of 6-6 in his 19 starts this season. He has posted a 4.35 ERA and a WHIP of 1.26 in those outings. Blackburn pitched four and a third innings in his last start against the Texas Rangers. He gave up ten hits and ten runs in the losing effort.
I expect Johnny Cueto to get the start on the mound for the White Sox in this one. Cueto has appeared in 13 games this season, going 4-4 in those matchups. He has put up an ERA of 2.89 and a 1.19 WHIP in those games played. Cueto’s last start was against the Cleveland Guardians. He gave up eight hits and three runs through seven innings in the no decision.
Blackburn has lost his last three starts and will look to turn it around in this game. Cueto has won his last three decisions and will look to remain hot. The Athletics have a very slight edge in the bullpen. Oakland’s relievers have a 4.08 ERA, which is 19th in the league. Chicago’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.09, which is 20th in the MLB.
These two teams have not been great this season, but will look for a big win in this one. Chicago has underperformed at home this season and will need to find a way to turn it around. The White Sox have the better pitcher starting and the better hitters in this one. If Chicago can come out fast, I think they can grab a much needed win.
Bovada has the White Sox listed as a -175 against the money line in this one. This implies that Chicago will win this game around 63.6 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value to it. The White Sox are also listed at -1 ½ for +115 in this one. If Chicago can come out fast, I believe they can cover the spread with a dominant win.