Monday, August 12

Chicago White Sox vs Oakland A’s, 4:10 am
A's $1.74

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox are in the midst of a relatively poor campaign, entering this clash at just 52-63. Their home form has been slightly better, although they’re still below .500 at 28-29. 1st Baseman Jose Abreu is definitely their danger man offensively, leading the way with 24 home runs and 83 RBI. Lucas Giolito has been one of their better pitchers so far, going 12-5 with a 3.44 ERA.

Oakland A’s

The A’s have been in very strong form of late, now sitting 66-51 on the season. They’re more of a dominant home side but have still been above .500 on the road so far. They have no clear offensive standout, although 3rd Baseman Matt Chapman leads the squad with 25 home runs and 85 RBI. Chris Bassitt is scheduled to pitch here, going 7-5 with a 3.80 ERA on the season.

Prediction: A’s $1.74

The A’s are looking poised for a deep playoff run this season, while Chicago are already playing out the string. This is a relatively even starting pitching matchup, although Oakland has the edge in the bullpen. They’ve also got a much deeper batting lineup, which I expect to prove pivotal in them claiming this road win.

San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies, 9:05 am
Phillies $1.96

San Francisco Giants

Despite improved play in the second half of the season, the Giants are still below .500 at 58-60. They tend to actually perform worse at home, going just 27-32 at AT&T Park. Kevin Pillar has been their offensive engine this season, putting up 15 home runs and 59 RBI to lead the team in both categories. Connor Menez will pitch in this one, going 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in limited action so far.

Philadelphia Phillies

A fixture of these daily previews, the Phillies keep plugging along at a decent 60-57. Their road form hasn’t been particularly great, 5 games below .500 at 26-31. Right Fielder Bryce Harper has been relatively consistent all year, putting up 22 home runs and 78 RBI so far. Jake Arrieta will pitch here, going 8-8 with a 4.41 ERA on the campaign.

Prediction: Phillies $1.96

Outside of one excellent 15-game stretch, the Giants have been a fairly poor side this season. I don’t think Menez has shown much at all so far and should likely struggle against this solid Philly lineup. Arrieta should also fire against a Giants offence that really lacks firepower, leading to a road win as underdogs for Philly.