The Oakland Athletics waited too long to get their offense going Saturday night. They didn’t get a run up on the board until the 9th inning. And while the White Sox bullpen was a single away from losing the game, the Athletics were able to score just 2 runs. The White Sox were trying hard to blow it and 3-run leads evaporating in the 9th inning seems like a nightly occurrence now.
In the end, the White Sox were able to celebrate a 3-2 win over the Athletics. The win doesn’t mean anything for the White Sox, but it’s a big loss for Oakland. They are attempting to keep up in the American League wildcard race and came up short against an inferior opponent last night.
The A’s go into Sunday a game and a half out of the Wild Card Game. With that said, it might prove to be a bigger sequence at the end of September than it does now. Oakland can still win the series with a victory today, though. The A’s will remain on the road after leaving Chicago on Sunday, but they will at least be close to home in San Francisco.
It isn’t going to be easy when they head home, though. They host the Astros and then the Yankees in back-to-back series. In other words, winning games against bad teams is imperative for the Athletics. Then a week later after the Yankees’ series, the Athletics have to go to New York and play at Yankee Stadium.
They also have another series against the Astros in Houston next month. Also note that their last six games of the regular season are on the road, albeit, the final series is against a very beatable Mariners team. Chris Bassitt get the call on Sunday for the A’s. Lucas Giolito is expected to counter for the White Sox. Head below for our free Athletics vs. White Sox pick.
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The White Sox have been able to have a small taste of success recently with wins in five of their last seven games. Three of those wins came against the Tigers, so don’t get too excited, but they’ve at least shown signs of life at times this season. They’ve been without their most promising player on the roster recently, as Yoan Moncada has been dealing with a bum hamstring.
Moncada, who has had a breakout campaign in 2019, appears to be the focal point of their rebuilding process. Jose Abreu is already 32 years old, so he doesn’t to figure as playing as much of an impact as the 24-year-old Moncada.
Abreu will be looking for a new contract in the offseason after playing on a one-year deal in 2019. Lucas Giolito hopes to be there with Moncada as a face of the franchise. Giolito was red-hot earlier in the season, and while he’s still pitching well, has regressed since that point.
Giolito enters Sunday with a solid 3.44 ERA and record of 12-5 on the season. He had a season-high ERA of 2.22 on June 14th, so he’s been falling back ever since. Giolito goes into Sunday with a 5.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in his previous three outings.
He wasn’t sharp against a bad Detroit team in his most recent start, allowing 8 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work. Giolito has also been iffier at home, with a 4.10 ERA as opposed to a 2.90 ERA on the road.
Chris Bassitt should be happy to see the White Sox on Sunday. He’s excelled against them in the past. The White Sox are hitting just .196 with 1-run scored in 46 at-bats. No one on the roster has connected for a long ball against him thus far. Bassitt enters this one with a 3.00 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in his previous three efforts. The A’s look like the play to bounce back on Sunday to get two out of three wins against the White Sox.