Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Free Pick

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The Chicago White Sox will head south to Tropicana Field to square off against the Tampa Bay Rays. The game gets underway 6:10 p.m. ET and WGN will televise this AL matchup.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Odds

Tampa Bay (-165) is hosting this one as the favorite over Chicago (+155) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 7.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total sit at -125 for the under and +105 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at White Sox +1.5 runs (-140) and Rays -1.5 runs (+120).

The Rays are 56-53 straight up (SU) and 61-48 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 9.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 14.4 units (ATS). The White Sox, on the other hand, are 38-70 SU and have gone 53-55 ATS. Overall, the teams lost 20.1 units for moneyline bettors and 8.8 units ATS.

Rays games have had an over/under record of 48-58-3 in 2018. The White Sox have an over/under record of 52-51-5.

The southpaw Carlos Rodon is getting the start for the visiting White Sox. Rodon is 3-3 with a 3.24 ERA and 49 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rays this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 2.25 ERA and four strikeouts across four innings).

The Rays will put the ball in the left hand of Blake Snell (12-5, 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), who’s got 134 punchouts and 47 walks this season. Snell is 1-0 with 10 strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Chicago this year.

As a unit, Tampa Bay’s pitching staff has allowed 4.2 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 3.81 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.97 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.2 K/9.

Tampa Bay’s hitters have put up 4.2 runs per outing, including 4.7 per game over its last 10 games and 5.6 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .284/.370/.488 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Rays hitters have been led by third baseman Matt Duffy and first baseman C.J. Cron. Duffy is hitting .306/.358/.391 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 37 runs scored, while Cron’s line is .253/.323/.482 with 22 homers, 56 RBIs and 51 runs.

In the visiting dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff allowed 5.5 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.26 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.50 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.70, along with a WHIP of 1.44.

The White Sox offense has slashed .244/.306/.408 on its way to 4.1 runs scored per game this year, including 5.1 runs per game over the teams last 10 games and 5.2 per game over the teams last five contests (2-3 SU).

First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Yolmer Sanchez continue to lead Chicago’s offense. Abreu is hitting .263/.325/.470 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs and 57 runs scored, while Sanchez (.248/.303/.388) has produced six homers, 43 RBIs, 37 runs and 10 stolen bases.

The White Sox have lost 10.0 units and are 11-15 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 13 of those games, compared to 13 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rays have netted 10.8 units and are 22-11 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher. The overs hit in 11 of those games, compared to 21 that’ve gone under.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Free Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The under has cashed in only two of Tampa Bay’s last seven games.
  • The Chicago defense has allowed two errors over its last five games, compared to five errors for Tampa Bay over its last five.
  • The White Sox have hit 17 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rays have hit 11 over their last 10.