White Sox vs Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7: MLB

White Sox vs Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 7: MLB

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Odds
Time 9:40 p.m. EST
White Sox money line +116
White Sox run line +1.5 (-152)
Athletics money line -135
Athletics run line -1.5 (126)
Over / under 9 (-110)

 

Key stats
  White Sox Athletics
Record 79-58 74-63
Road / home record 33-34 37-31
Last 10 record 6-4 4-6
Streak L1 L3
Over / under record 62-67-8 64-69-4
Runs / game 5.01 4.53
Runs allowed / game 4.01 4.12

 

Preview

The AL Central leaders Chicago White Sox begin their three-game series against the Athletics in RingCentral Coliseum tonight.  The division-leading White Sox are coming off of a 2-1 series loss to the Royals where they were shut out in the final game on Sunday night.  Chicago still controls the division and is on the verge of their first title since 2008.  The A's sit 3rd in the AL West and are very much still in the wild card hunt only being two games off of the Red Sox.  They're also trending in the wrong direction having lost their last 3 games - being swept by the Blue Jays - after splitting a series 2-2 with Detroit.  The White Sox and the A's have playoff aspirations so this series has significance in both instances.  

Pitching matchup

White Sox

Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 9.00 ERA) Jimmy Lambert will gain his 4th start of the season.  Lambert is in his second year in the majors after playing two games in 2020.  He's a career 7.20 ERA and is averaging 9.00 this season.  Lambert pitched for eight innings this season in his three games and has eight ERs off 13 hits with eight strikeouts and four walks. 

Athletics

James Kaprielian (7-4, 3.87 ERA) James Kaprielian will take the mound first for Oakland tonight in his 19th start of the season.  He has a 3.87 ERA in 2021 after a 7.36 ERA in his rookie season in 2020.  Kaprielian has had a busy season pitching for 97.2 innings so far with 81 hits and 42 ERs to go with 99 strikeouts and 37 walks.  

Prediction

Both clubs were shut out in their last outing and will be reserved coming into tonight's first-game matchup.  The over / under at 9 seems a bit high. 

PICK: Under 9 (-110)

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