Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

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The Chicago White Sox will be squaring off against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this AL matchup and the game gets going at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The White Sox have gone 40-70 SU this year and are 54-55 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 18.3 units for gamblers taking the moneyline and 7.8 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 56-55 SU and 61-49 ATS. The teams gained 7.0 units for moneyline bettors and 13.4 units ATS. Tampa Bay has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven outings and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Rays games have an over/under record of 48-59-3 in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 52-52-5.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have yielded 4.2 runs per game overall this year. The teams starters have an ERA of 3.78, a WHIP of 1.20 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.1. The bullpen has a 3.92 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

The Tampa Bay offense has put up 4.2 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game over its last 10 games and 4.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .245/.364/.381 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron have led the Rays batters this year. Duffy is slashing .302/.355/.385 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 37 runs scored, and Cron’s line is .249/.319/.474 with 22 homers, 56 RBIs and 51 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.4 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.16 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.51 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.65, along with a WHIP of 1.43 and a K/9 of 9.57.

White Sox hitters have slashed .243/.305/.407 on their way to 4.1 runs scored per game this season, including 4.7 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 3.6 per game over the teams last five outings (3-2 SU).

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez continue to lead Chicago’s offense. Abreu is slashing .267/.328/.484 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs and 59 runs scored, while Sanchez is hitting .247/.305/.388 with six homers, 43 RBIs, 38 runs and 10 steals.

The Rays have lost 3.7 units and are 39-38 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 37 of those games, compared to 38 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • Chicago has recorded 20 extra-base hits over its last five contests. Tampa Bay has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 20.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.0 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit nine over their last 10.