Oakland takes on Chicago following Fiers’ strong performance
Chicago; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Tanner Roark (7-7, 4.14 ERA) White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez (6-9, 5.41 ERA)
LINE: Athletics favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
Oakland heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Mike Fiers. Fiers pitched seven innings, surrendering no runs and striking out eight. The White Sox are 27-29 on their home turf. Chicago’s lineup has 125 home runs this season, Jose Abreu leads them with 24 homers.
The Athletics are 29-27 in road games. Oakland has hit 183 home runs this season, seventh in the majors. Matt Chapman leads them with 25, averaging one every 16.8 at-bats. The Athletics won the last meeting 7-0. Mike Fiers recorded his 11th victory and Chad Pinder went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Oakland. Ross Detwiler took his third loss for Chicago.
TOP PERFORMERS: Abreu leads the White Sox with 48 extra base hits and is slugging .477. Tim Anderson is 16-for-39 with three doubles, a home run and an RBI over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 5-5, .268 batting average, 3.64 ERA
Athletics: 7-3, .244 batting average, 3.94 ERA, outscored opponents by 13 runs