Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Preview and Predictions 07-14-2019 in MLB
The Oakland Athletics have lost only one of their last 11 series and are 6-0-1 in their last seven as they surge toward a postseason spot. Oakland looks to complete a three-game sweep when it hosts the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
The Athletics, who are one-half game ahead of Cleveland for the second wild card in the American League, posted their third consecutive victory on Saturday - a 13-2 triumph that featured a seven-run first inning and three RBIs apiece from Robbie Grossman and Franklin Barreto. Oakland All-Star Matt Chapman is riding a four-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-15 after collecting three hits in Saturday's rout. A day after combining for five hits in 10 at-bats, Leury Garcia and Yoan Moncada went 0-for-7 as Chicago suffered its fourth loss in five contests. The 0-for-4 effort by Moncada, who drove in a run with a groundout, ended a 14-game hitting streak during which he recorded seven multi-hit performances.
TV: 4:07 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), NBCS California (Oakland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox RH Reynaldo Lopez (4-8, 6.34 ERA) vs. Athletics LH Brett Anderson (9-5, 3.86)
Lopez is coming off a loss to Detroit on July 4 in which he was tagged for seven runs - six earned - and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old Dominican has lost four of his last five decisions and hasn't sported an ERA under 6.00 since entering a setback at Minnesota on May 24 with a 5.14 mark. Lopez made his only career start against the Athletics on April 16, 2018, when he allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while registering 10 strikeouts over six frames in a loss at Oakland.
Anderson has allowed three runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts, including a victory at Seattle on July 5 in which he gave up two - and five hits - over 6 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old Texan has won five of his last seven decisions but lost two of his last three turns at home. Anderson has made five career starts against Chicago, going 1-1 with 4.55 ERA.
1. Athletics SS Marcus Semien has recorded three straight multi-hit performances, going 7-for-15 with a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored in that span.
2. Chicago designated Juan Minaya for assignment to make room for fellow RHP Dylan Covey (shoulder), who was activated from the 10-day injured list on Saturday and made the start - surrendering six runs on four hits and two walks while recording only two outs.
3. After hosting Seattle for two games, Oakland embarks on a crucial road trip that includes a four-game series against AL Central-leading Minnesota and a three-game set versus AL West-leading Houston.
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Key Players to Watch
- ShoulderEarly Aug | 60-day IL
Manaea is on the 60-day injured list due to labrum repair surgery on his left shoulder. He suffered a setback in his rehabilitation and is lining up to make his season debut by the beginning of August, provided he avoids any further issues.
- KneeEarly Aug | 10-day IL
Piscotty has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right knee sprain and is expected to miss one month.
- BackLate July | 60-day IL
Estrada has been moved to the 60-day injured list with a lumbar strain. He had an ablation procedure performed on his back and is projected to be absent from the lineup until at least the latter part of July.
- BackQues Sun | questionable
Canha missed the last game due to a back injury, and it is unknown if he will return to the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Pinder has missed the past two games with a twisted ankle, but is expected to start against the Mariners on Friday.
- ShoulderProb Wed | probable
Treinen has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a right rotator cuff strain, and he is expected to return Wednesday against the Twins.
- HandProb Tues | probable
Davis has missed the past three games due to a swollen left hand, but he is projected to return against the Twins on Tuesday.
Chicago White Sox
- ObliqueQues Tues | 10-day IL
Castillo is on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is unclear if he will return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Royals.
- AnkleEarly Aug | 10-day IL
Anderson is on the 10-day injured list due to a right high-ankle sprain. He is expected to be held out of action until at least the early part of August.
- ShoulderProb Sat | probable
Covey has been activated from the 10-day injured list where he was recuperating from right shoulder inflammation. He is expected to start Saturday versus the Athletics.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Burr has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after having Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
- HandQues Sat | questionable
Sanchez exited the previous game due to a right hand laceration, leaving his status up in the air against the Cubs on Saturday.
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