Starting Pitchers & Home Plate Umpire Prompts White Sox/A’s Over 8.5 As Your MLB Pick

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, April 7, 2016 2:04 PM GMT

Thursday, Apr. 7, 2016 2:04 PM GMT

Our handicapping expert provides a preview for a Thursday afternoon game between the White Sox/A’s. Go inside to read this compelling betting article before making your MLB picks today.

The White Sox and A’s close out their four game series on Thursday with a matinee affair. Each of the first three games was decided by 1 run with the White Sox coming out on top twice. Two of the three encounters also went over the total.

By virtue of Oakland’s 2-1 win on Wednesday night, they ended a stretch of six consecutive home losses to the White Sox. According to current (9:45 AM ET) MLB odds at Sportsbet.com, Oakland is a -112 money line favorite, and there’s a posted total of 8.5.

Starting Pitchers
The White Sox will send 28 year old right-hander Matt Latos to the mound today for this series finale. Latos bounced around between three teams last season, pitching for the Marlins, Dodgers, and Angels. He went a combined 4-10 during 21 starts and 3 relief appearances, and compiled a rather lofty 4.95 ERA.

Latos will look to get off to a better start than he did last season with Miami. He made five starts in April of 2015, went 0-3 with a poor 6.86 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. If his three starts in spring training are any indication, the White Sox certainly have reason to be concerned. Latos posted a massive 10.38 ERA and 2.23 WHIP during those outings.

Oakland will counter with 25 year old right-hander Kendal Gravemen on Thursday. Gravemen went 6-9 during 21 starts with a somewhat respectable 4.05 ERA a season ago. The A’s hurler had a massive 8.27 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in four starts for Oakland last April. During 5 starts and 1 relief appearance during spring training, Gravemen had a 4.73 ERA, and walked a rather high 11 men in 26 2/3 innings of work. The Oakland hurler was shaky during his 10 starts in day games last season, posting a sizable 5.08 ERA, and allowed 59 hits during 51 1/3 innings pitched.

 

Home Plate Umpire
The slated home plate umpire for Thursday’s game will be Gabe Morales. He was behind the dish 64 times in 2015, and those games went 38-20-6 over the total.

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Final Take and Pick
Between the starting pitchers and home plate umpire today, it would be difficult to conclude that this game won’t be a high scoring affair. That’s exactly where my thought process lies, and one of my Thursday MLB picks will concur with that assessment.

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Free MLB Pick: 'over' 8.5 (-105).
Best Line Offered: at Bovada

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