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  W: M. Fiers (9-3)   L: I. Nova (4-8)   S: L. Hendriks (6)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, July 12, 2019
Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 18,504

Unsung A's open second half against White Sox

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics

  1. The White Sox have gone 3-10 against the A's since 2017, their worst record against any AL opponent in that span. They've lost five straight in Oakland dating back to July 2017 after winning eight of their previous nine games in Oakland.
  2. After going 33-62 (.347) in the first half last season, the White Sox posted a 42-44 (.488) record heading into the break this season. That +.141 win percentage improvement is the second-largest first-half improvement in baseball this season, behind only the Twins (.468 last season, .629 this season).
  3. Since June 17, the A's have gone 14-5, a half-game behind the Yankees (14-4) and Nationals (14-4) for the best record in MLB in that span. The Oakland pitching staff has posted a 3.19 ERA in that span, second only to the Nationals (3.18).
  4. Tim Anderson is hitting .317 this season after batting just .240 last season, while Yoan Moncada is hitting .308 this year compared to .235 last season. Among batting title qualifiers both this season and last season, the duo has the largest and third-largest improvement in baseball, respectively -- Cody Bellinger (+.076) ranks second.
  5. Since throwing a no-hitter on May 7, Mike Fiers has gone 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA. Nine of his 10 starts in that span have been quality starts, tied for third-most in baseball; only Washington's Max Scherzer and Texas' Lance Lynn (11 each) have more.
  6. James McCann is hitting .316 this season, the second-highest first-half batting average (minimum 200 plate appearances) by a White Sox catcher since the first All-Star break took place in 1933. AJ Pierzynski holds the club record, hitting .320 entering the 2006 All-Star break.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/12/2019 thru 7/14/2019

The Oakland Athletics are typically overlooked on a national scale but are right in the thick of the American League wild-card race as play resumes after the All-Star break.

The Athletics (50-41) are 1 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians for the second berth as they begin a three-game series on Friday against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Oakland reached the wild-card game last season after a 97-win season and figures it can reach the postseason again.

All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman sees the talent on the team but doesn't see matching recognition.

Chapman participated in the Home Run Derby and was conscious that the appearance may have a carryover effect in terms of enlightening more people about the Athletics.

"I take pride in my team and really love my teammates," Chapman said during a media session at the All-Star Game. "To be able to get us some attention is huge because I feel like there are a lot of guys on our team that deserve it and anything we can get will be good for us."

Chapman, who is batting .264, leads Oakland with 21 homers and 52 RBIs. He is one of seven Athletics in double digits in homers.

First baseman Matt Olson (19), designated hitter Khris Davis (16) and center fielder Ramon Laureano (16) are among the others for a squad that ranks fourth in the AL with 145 blasts.

The White Sox (42-44) don't pack a lot of power as they rank 13th in the AL with 103 homers. All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu has 21 with third baseman Yoan Moncada and left fielder Eloy Jimenez next with 16.

Jimenez, a 22-year-old rookie, is batting .241 but is loaded with promise. He called the first half of the season as a learning session.

"It's way different here," Jimenez told reporters. "With the fans and all the stuff, you need to be ready every single day. In the minors, it's good. You need to be ready, but not like here.

"As a team, we've been pretty good. Nobody expected we are going to be where we are at now. But we have been playing really good. For me, it's been good, but it's going to be better."

The White Sox will start right-hander Ivan Nova (4-7, 5.58 ERA), who halted a seven-start winless stretch by beating the Chicago Cubs last Sunday.

The 32-year-old Nova allowed five hits over 5 2/3 scoreless innings to post his first victory since May 22.

Nova's ERA is third worst in the majors among qualifiers.

Nova is 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five career appearances (four starts) against Oakland.

The Athletics tabbed right-hander Mike Fiers (8-3, 3.87) to make the start.

The 34-year-old has won six consecutive decisions, a streak that began when he threw his second career no-hitter on May 7 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Fiers has allowed one earned run in each of his past four starts, including a July 3 effort against the Minnesota Twins in which he gave up two total runs and five hits over six innings.

Fiers is 2-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six career outings against the White Sox.

Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson is 4-for-10 with a homer against Fiers.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 11, 2019

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