* The White Sox went 5-2 versus the A’s last year, producing their highest winning percentage (.714) in the series since 1997 (8-3, .727). The White Sox swept three games in their only visit to Oakland in 2015 (May 15-17).
* The White Sox are 19-10 in season openers since 1987, the third-highest winning percentage (.655) by any club over that span. However, their 10-1 Opening Day loss at Kansas City last year matched the White Sox’ second-largest margin of defeat ever in a season opener.
* When the A’s shut out Texas in their 2015 season opener, it broke a 10-game losing streak on Opening Day, the longest such skid in MLB history. This will be the seventh straight year that Oakland is opening at home.
* Following his trade to Chicago in December, Todd Frazier is expected to make his White Sox debut on Monday. He’s increased his RBI total in every season since making his debut in 2011, improving to 89 last year. Although he also clubbed a career-high 35 home runs, Frazier’s slugging percentage declined from .585 before the All-Star break to .390 after.
* Chris Sale is coming off a season in which he set a White Sox team record with 274 strikeouts, breaking a mark which had stood for 108 years (Ed Walsh, 269 strikeouts in 1908). Sale is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA over two previous Opening Day assignments.
* Sonny Gray is expected to start on Opening Day for the third consecutive season, becoming the first A’s pitcher to accomplish the feat since Dave Stewart between 1988 and 1992 (five straight). Gray has not allowed a run in his first two Opening Day starts, surrendering just six hits over 14.0 innings.