White Sox Road Ahead: Road trip begins in Oakland

White Sox Road Ahead: Road trip begins in Oakland
May 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The White Sox head into a nine-game road trip, beginning in Oakland, and Jen Lada, Bill Melton and Frank Thomas are getting you ready with this week's White Sox Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

Sunday's performance against the Diamondbacks wasn't exactly the way the White Sox wanted to be playing as they head into a nine-game road trip, especially heading to Oakland.

But that's what Robin Ventura's group is up against after falling to Arizona and Chase Anderson, who defeated the South Siders in his Major-League debut, on Sunday afternoon, 5-1. After playing 13 of their last 16 games in Chicago (11 at home; two at Wrigley Field) the White Sox will say goodbye to U.S. Cellular Field for the next 10 days as they look to get back to .500.

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First up is the Oakland Athletics, winners of four straight after sweeping the Washington Nationals at O.co Coliseum. The four-game sweep extended their lead in the AL West to 3 games over the second-place Angels, and though it's (very) early the Athletics tout the second best record in the American League (23-15), just 1/2 game behind the 21-12 Detroit Tigers. They're just one win behind the Milwaukee Brewers for most victories in all of baseball, and both CSN's Bill Melton and Frank Thomas understand what makes Oakland such a solid team.

"A lot of the times you've got to go in there and figure out who's playing because they have new names all the time. They never have the same bullpen, they never have the same four starters," Melton said, "but there's something about the Oakland A's, playing in that ballpark which has always been tough for the White Sox."

The White Sox are just 15-39 in Oakland since 2001, and Thomas, who played for the A's for parts of two different seasons, said part of that reason is because of the way Oakland plays.

"They go out and play fundamentally sound baseball, they pitch very well and they also have Chili Davis as their hitting coach. He was one of the best switch hitters of all-time. He makes a lot of contact with the hitters they have."

The series begins Monday, and you can catch Tuesday's and Wednesday's action on Comcast SportsNet. And make sure to stay interactive all season long with White Sox Pulse, using #WhiteSoxTalk on Twitter to join the conversation.