After a much needed off day, the A’s will begin a 6-game road trip tonight against the Chicago White Sox (60-50) tonight. These 2 teams last faced off in April, when the A’s took 2 out of 3 against them at the Coliseum. The White Sox are looking to put distance between them and the Detroit Tigers as they lead the AL Central, but only by 1 game.
Friday 5:10 PM PST: (RHP) Brandon McCarthy (6-3) Vs (RHP) Gavin Floyd (8-9)
- Brandon McCarthy will be making his first start since June 19th. McCarthy’s last start was against the the Los Angeles Dodgers and he held them to only 2 hits over 7 innings while walking 1 and striking out 5. McCarthy did not face the White Sox in April, but has faced them twice in his career. Over those 2 starts he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) over 12 innings struck out 9 and walked 2.
- Gavin Floyd was shaky in his last start against the Angels, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, 3 walks while striking out 6. Floyd faced the A’s back in April and lasted 7.1. innings while only allowing 2 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 6.
Saturday 4:10 PM PST: (LHP) Tom Milone (9-9) Vs (LHP) Francisco Liriano (0-0)
- Tom Milone has struggled as of late and his last start against the Toronto Blue Jays was no exception. Milone allowed 9 hits, 6 runs to the Jays, walked 1 and struck out 4. He faced the White Sox earlier this season and held them to 3 hits over 8 innings while walking none and striking out 5.
- Francisco Liriano had to be pulled from his last outing after the fifth inning when he was hit by a grounder in the right quad. Over 5 innings he allowed 4 hits, 1 run, walked 1 and struck out 4. Liriano faced the A’s twice this season with the Twins, he has held them to 4 runs over 14 innings, striking out 24 and walking 3.
- Like Tom Milone, Jarrod Parker has also struggled recently. In his last start against the Angels, Parker allowed 9 hits, 4 runs, walked 1 and struck out 6 over 6.2 innings. This will be Parker’s first career start against the Chicago White Sox.
- Chris Sale has been having a great year as a starter for the White Sox. In his last start he held the Kansas City Royals to 8 hits, 2 runs, walked none and struck out 7 over 8 innings. Sale faced the A’s in April and lasted 8 innings, allowed 6 hits, 2 runs, walked none and struck out 5.
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