TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
#938 OAKLAND with Luzardo (+112) over Chicago with Giolito at 3 PM EST
The White Sox have struggled all season long when stepping up in class and facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .500 inking a soft 12-20 record. Rest assured, in a three-game series, Oakland will use that to its advantage and take care of business in the comforts of home.
On the mound for the home team will be young southpaw Jesus Luzardo. Overall, No. 44 appeared in 12 games for the Athletics (nine starts) and was touched for 27 earned runs and 58 hits in 59.0 innings. Luzardo fanned 59 and walked just 17 batters en route to a 3-2 record with a 4.12 ERA. In the month of September, Jesus threw in 25.1 frames for the A’s and was touched for 13 earned runs and 25 hits. After the math, that adds up to a 4.62 ERA.
Right-hander Lucas Giolito will counter for the Pale Hose. In four September starts versus the Indians, Twins, Tigers and Royals, No. 27 was popped for 11 earned runs and 16 hits in 23.2 innings of work. Giolito assembled a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 31-10 on his way to a 1-1 mark with a 4.18 ERA. Since 2018, Lucas has faced the Athletics twice and been tagged for six earned runs and 12 hits in 13.0 frames. That resulted in a 1-1 tally and a 4.15 ERA.
Plenty of rewarding trends and angles support this investment. Oakland has won 41 of its last 53 matched up against AL Central opponents, 48 of its last 67 in its own backyard and 40 of its last 59 at home matched up against a right-handed starter. On the other side of the chalk line, Chicago has dropped 51 of its last 74 on the road in this series, 88 of its last 128 on foreign soil facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .500 and eight of its last 10 overall.
Even though the White Sox played a tougher schedule this year, the Pale Hose are young and still need to find a way to win on the road especially when forced to step up in class. The A’s homefield advantage will be the difference in this Wildcard battle. Take Oakland with Luzardo. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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