Chicago White Sox (35-25) at Oakland Athletics (36-24)
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm
*4 Star Play on White Sox ML* The Oakland Athletics aren't the same team without Matt Chapman at third base. Chapman is the team's best hitter and he is their best fielder as well. Their upside is clearly much lower without him healthy.
The Chicago White Sox absolutely crushed left handed pitching this year. They had the second highest weighted on base average in the majors against lefties. They had easily the highest ISO against lefties, so they hit for power really well against lefties.
Jesus Luzardo starts here for the Oakland A's. He's a quality lefty who has excellent stuff, but doesn't have much experience. Luzardo's numbers for the season overall are mediocre. I don't like this matchup for him.
Lucas Giolito had an ugly first start to the season, but from the second start of the year forward he really threw the ball well. Excluding his first start, he had a 2.75 ERA and a 2.77 FIP.
The White Sox clearly have the much stronger lineup here, and Giolito has been the better starting pitcher as well.
I'll lay the short price.
Take the White Sox.