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MLB Betting Preview: Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics

August 25, 2023

Game two between the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox will be another interesting battle in this four-game series. Will the A’s be able to dominate on the road?

  • Date: Game 2 on August 25, 2023 at 7:10 PM ET

  • Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois

Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

The A’s continue to cause problems against teams that do not take them seriously, despite being the worst team in the league. They have also done well against the White Sox this season, going 2-1 in their previous encounter before this series. Zach Neal (0-0) will do his best on the mound, but has an ERA of 8.25.

They have the lowest batting average in the league at .223, which makes it difficult for scoring opportunities. They also allow teams to average .270 at the plate, which also contributes to their chances of losing to be higher.

Their ERA is close to 5.76, which is nowhere near the league average. Their OBP is at .300, which is surprisingly higher than the White Sox. Their slugging is not surprising to be low, around .364 compared to the league average.

The A’s are about 37 games back from the leading Texas Rangers in the AL West. They do not have much motivation to win, other than having fun on the field.

Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

The White Sox had some solid performances against the Seattle Mariners prior to this series. Being able to carry over that momentum might be difficult if their pitching is not on par. Dylan Cease (5-6) is on the mound in game two and carries an ERA of 4.50.

The White Sox are a little better on paper, but they have had their issues in these head-to-head matchups. Their batting average is slightly better than the A’s .239, and so is their average for how much they allow at .247.

Their ERA of 4.80 is still not appealing, but is much better than the A’s. They do not have a strong OBP percentage at .295, which nearly mirrors the A’s. Their slugging percentage could also be better at .386, but it could have a minimal impact on the game.

The White Sox are fourth in the AL Central and are roughly 15 games behind the current leading Minnesota Twins. They are running out of time to make the adjustments they need to catch them.

Game Odds, Series Trends and Free Pick

The following odds from MyBookie are showing the Chicago White Sox moving towards becoming a moderate favorite to take over in game two. According to market analysis, the White Sox have a 69.7 percent chance to be victorious in this matchup.

  • Oakland Athletics: +160

  • Chicago White Sox: -192

The White Sox are not that great at home, but the A’s are even worse on the road. Starting pitchers will make an impact, as well as the White Sox offense.

Final Pick: Take the Chicago White Sox to Win at -192

Written By: David White