Sunday, August 21st, 2016

MLB 2016 Game #10: Athletics vs. White Sox

This afternoon, I will finally step inside U.S. Cellular Field for the first time in 2016. Perhaps, it's ridiculous, but I'm curious to see the new video boards in the outfield.

The Oakland Athletics (53-70, .431) are sitting in fourth place in the American League West and trail the Texas Rangers by 19.5 games. In their last 10 games, the Athletics have only managed three wins. Today, they will send 27-year-old Zach Neal (2-2, 5.19 ERA) to the mound. Neal made his major league debut on May 11, 2016 and has only logged 34.2 innings.

The White Sox (58-64, .475) are in fourth place in the American League Central. They are 12.5 games off the pace of the front-running Cleveland Indians. Jose Quintana (9-9, 2.85 ERA) will make the start for the White Sox. In his last three starts, the 27-year-old picked up a win against the Detroit Tigers, a no-decision against the Kansas City Royals, and was tagged for a loss against the Indians. During that stretch, Quintana only allowed six earned runs in 20.2 innings.

Fun Fact: The last time I saw the Athletics play live was against the White Sox on June 6, 2013. Oddly enough, Jose Quintana was the starting pitcher. The Athletics needed 10 innings to defeat the White Sox, 5-4.

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