Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play host to the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. This AL showdown will get going at 7:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 55-52 straight up (SU) and 60-48 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 8.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 12.9 units (ATS). Tampa Bay has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The White Sox are 38-68 SU and have gone 52-55 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 21.1 units for moneyline bettors and 10.3 units ATS. Chicago has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the over has hit in six of those seven.

Rays games have an over/under record of 48-57-3 in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 51-51-5.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have given up 4.1 runs per game overall in 2018. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.78, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.0. The bullpen has a 3.84 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

Tampa Bay’s offense is putting up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.0 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team has hit .266/.370/.399 over its last five matchups and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Rays’ batters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron. Duffy is slashing .306/.358/.391 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Cron is hitting .253 with 22 homers, 56 RBIs and 51 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.30 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 6.44 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.62, along with a K/9 of 9.46.

The White Sox offense has slashed .244/.305/.407 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this season, including 5.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 6.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been paced by first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez. Abreu is slashing .263/.325/.470 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs and 57 runs scored, while Sanchez is slashing .248/.303/.388 with six homers, 43 RBIs, 37 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The Rays have lost 1.7 units and are 39-37 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 37 of those games, compared to 37 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Rays, ATS Winner – White Sox, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes,

  • The over has cashed in five of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have hit 16 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Chicago has recorded 22.0 runs + hits + errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.6 over its last five.