Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Preview

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Yoan Moncada and the Chicago White Sox will be taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in a Saturday showdown. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. ET and WGN will televise this AL matchup.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Odds

The Rays are 56-44 straight up (SU) and 52-47 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 2.9 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.2 units ATS. The White Sox are 43-51 SU and have gone 43-50 against the spread. Overall, the club has gained 4.3 units for moneyline bettors, but have lost 11.9 units ATS.

Tampa Bay games have an over/under record of 41-51-7 in 2019. The White Sox have an over/under record of 44-46-3.

Lucas Giolito is getting the nod for the visiting White Sox. The right-handed Giolito is 11-4 with a 3.23 ERA and 125 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rays this year and only made one start against them in 2018 (0-0, 1.29 ERA and six strikeouts across seven innings).

The Rays will turn to lefty Ryan Yarbrough (8-3, 4.26 ERA), who has 53 punchouts and 11 walks as well as a 0.98 WHIP. Yarbrough did not re a start against the White Sox in 2018.

Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.53 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.99 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.60, along with a K/9 of 8.26.

The White Sox offense has slashed .257/.314/.409 on its way to 4.3 runs scored per game in 2019, including 3.2 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu have led Chicago’s hitters. Moncada is hitting .308/.364/.533 with 17 home runs, 52 RBIs and 52 runs scored. Abreu has a .271 average with 21 homers, 68 RBIs and 45 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 3.8 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have an ERA of 3.14, a WHIP of 1.07 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 put up 4.6 runs per outing, including 4.8 per game over its last 10 games and 2.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .213/.287/.409 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Outfielders Tommy Pham and Avisail Garcia have led the Rays’ hitters this year. Pham is hitting .276/.377/.459 with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs, 46 runs and 10 stolen bases, and Garcia’s line is .280/.334/.441 with 12 homers, 45 RBIs, 41 runs and nine stolen bases.

The White Sox have gained 5.5 units and are 17-13 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 16 of those games, compared to 14 that’ve gone under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Rays have lost 4.4 units and are 32-31 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 28 of those games, compared to 30 that went under.

White Sox vs. Rays Prediction

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in only two of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • Tampa Bay has posted 22.4 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 16.6 over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including five over their last five.
  • The White Sox have a team OPS of .724 this season, including an OPS of .762 against left-handed pitchers. The Rays’ OPS stands at .756 overall and .730 against lefties.