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The ice-cold Tampa Bay Rays will look to avoid losing their sixth consecutive game when they play host to the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast this AL matchup. The opening pitch will be at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Chicago (+230) is entering this game as the underdog against Tampa Bay (-260) and Vegas has set the Over/Under for this one at 8.5 runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total currently sit at -110 for both the over and the under. You can also wager on the game’s spread with the most recent runline odds standing at +105 for the White Sox +1.5 runs and -125 for the Rays -1.5.

The White Sox have gone 44-51 SU this year and are 44-50 against the spread (ATS). They’ve accumulated 6.4 units for bettors taking the moneyline, despite having lost 10.9 units ATS. Chicago is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The Rays, on the other hand, are 56-45 SU and 52-48 ATS. They’ve lost 5.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.4 units ATS. Tampa Bay has a 3-5 ATS record over its last seven games and the under has cashed in four of those seven.

Tampa Bay games have a 42-51-7 over/under record in 2019. White Sox games have gone under 46 times, gone over 45 times and pushed on three occasions.

Dylan Cease will get the nod for the White Sox. The right-handed Cease is 1-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 13 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rays this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Rays are turning to Blake Snell (5-7, 4.55 ERA). Snell has 126 punchouts and 33 walks, along with a 1.27 WHIP. Snell is 1-0 with 11 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has yielded 3.8 runs per game overall this season as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 3.09, a WHIP of 1.06 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 10.1. The bullpen has a 3.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.2 K/9.

Tampa Bay’s offense has produced 4.6 runs per contest, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 1.8 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .194/.267/.347 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

Outfielders Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia have led the charge for the Rays’ batters this year. Pham is hitting .272/.372/.453 with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs, 46 runs and 10 stolen bases, while Garcia is batting .281 with 13 homers, 46 RBIs, 42 runs and nine stolen bases.

For the visiting squad, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.47 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 8.05 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.54, along with a K/9 of 8.20.

The White Sox offense has slashed .257/.314/.408 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.1 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Chicago’s hitters have been paced by Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada, who’ve collectively blasted 38 home runs. Abreu is slashing .273/.307/.491 with 21 home runs, 69 RBIs and 45 runs scored, while Moncada (.304/.362/.526) has produced 17 homers, 52 RBIs and 53 runs scored.

The White Sox have gained 7.5 units and are 18-13 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has hit in 17 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rays have lost 6.7 units and are 32-32 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s cashed in 29 of those games, compared to 30 that went under the total.

White Sox at Rays Free Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has hit in four of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The White Sox have hit nine home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • The White Sox have a team OPS of .721 this season, including an OPS of .750 when facing left-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS stands at .753 overall and .726 against lefties.
  • Tampa Bay has recorded 22.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 15.0 over its last five.