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Athletics White Sox Betting Tips – White Sox Sweep Cooled-Off Athletics

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 8/9/2012 6:33:08 PM

Online betting players didn’t expect an Oakland-Chicago series to mean so much this late in the season, but the Athletics are in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the American League, while the White Sox are trying to distance themselves from Detroit in the Central. The two meet in the Windy City this weekend for a three-game set, and the Athletics are largely in the hunt because of a wild winning spree, but they have slowed down and even though the White Sox aren’t red-hot, they’ll realize an opportunity when they see it. The White Sox should win this series and a sweep is definitely in the cards.

What: MLB Betting
When: Friday, August 10th – Sunday, August 12th
Where: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
Pick: Chicago White Sox

Friday, 8:10 PM ET – Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.54) vs. Gavin Floyd (8-9. 4.43)

McCarthy was having a nice season until he ran into shoulder trouble and this will be his first start since June 22nd, so you can expect a little bit of rust to be a factor. He has split a pair of meetings with the White Sox in his career, coming away with a 3.00 ERA, and this is his first trip to Cellular Field, so the fans could also be a factor for McCarthy. Meanwhile, Floyd is capable of flirting with a no-hitter or giving up five runs, which he did in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels after allowing three earned runs in his previous two starts. Floyd was unlucky to take the loss in a one-run gem against the Athletics the last time he faced them, and he is now 3-2 in eight starts against Oakland with a 2.17 ERA; at home, Floyd is 7-3 in 12 starts despite a 4.48 ERA.

McCarthy is coming off an injury, so he may not be as sharp as he was before he hit the disabled list, while the White Sox faithful will see “good Gavin” on Friday night as he’ll lead Chicago to a series-opening win. 

MLB Betting Pick: Chicago White Sox

Saturday, 7:10 PM ET – Tommy Milone (9-9, 3.91) vs. Francisco Liriano (3-10, 5.03)

Milone pitched eight shutout innings in his first-ever outing against Chicago, but he hasn’t had the same stuff as of late as he has been tagged for 16 earned runs in his last three starts (19.0 innings) and like many young pitchers, the 25-year-old appears to be fading in the second half of his first full season in the majors. Liriano struck out 15 Athletics in their last meeting, but he was still stuck with the loss and is now 0-3 in his last five starts, even though he has given up three runs or less in four of his last five starts. Overall, Liriano is 3-4 in 13 games (11 starts) against the Athletics with an ERA of 3.96, and even though an ERA of 4.38 isn’t great, it is better than Liriano’s 5.89 away from “The Cell”.

Milone seems to have fired all the bullets in the chamber for this season, while the White Sox are starting to believe that they can hold off Detroit in the American League Central, which is something that no one saw coming. Go with the White Sox.

MLB Betting Pick:  Chicago White Sox

Sunday, 2:10 PM ET – Jarrod Parker (7-6, 3.55) vs. Chris Sale (13-3, 2.59)

Parker also tossed a very good game in his last meeting with Chicago, giving up a run over 6.1 innings, and like Milone, that was his first start against the White Sox. However, Parker is even younger than Milone at 23 years old and he is also in his first full season as a big-league start and he is starting to hit the wall with 13 earned runs in his last 17.2 innings of work. Sale bounced back from back-to-back five-run outings with a win over Kansas City in this last start, and an earlier no-decision against Oakland was his first meeting with the Athletics. Sale was a massive surprise over the first half of the season, and the White Sox gave him nine days off after beating the Royals, so he should be well rested.

The White Sox are hungry while the Athletics have definitely cooled off after being hot for most of July, and Sale will post his first victory against the As by taking the White Sox to a sports betting win.

MLB Betting Pick: Chicago White Sox

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