Monday night baseball on ESPN will feature a matchup between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox from Guaranteed Rate Field. The Athletics (68-50) are nine games above .500 on the road and lead New York by 2.5 games in the race for the final AL Wild Card spot. On Sunday, Mark Canha and Matt Chapman each homered during a 7-4 road loss against Texas.
Twenty-eight year old righty Frankie Montas (9-8 3.98 ERA) will make his 24th start of the season. Oakland has won Montas’ last three starts and he has allowed five runs (4 ER) over his last 19 innings of work.
The Chicago White Sox have won 39 of their first 61 home games and hold a comfortable ten game lead for first place in the AL Central Division. On Sunday, Chicago rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before falling against New York by a 5-3 final score. SP Lucas Giolito (9-9) gave up three runs in four innings and took the loss for the White Sox (68-50).
2015 AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (7-6 4.51 ERA) will take the ball for the White Sox in the series opener. Chicago has lost Keuchel’s last four starts and he has given up 15 runs over his last 23 plus frames.