Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays will square off against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. This AL matchup will begin at 2:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox Odds

The White Sox are 3-7 SU and 3-6 ATS. They’ve lost 3.1 units for moneyline bettors and 3.8 units against the spread (ATS). Chicago has covered the spread only twice in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Rays have gone 3-8 SU this year and are 6-4 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 5.5 units for moneyline gamblers in the season’s early going, but have gained 1.1 units ATS. Tampa Bay is 3-4 ATS over its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 4-5 so far in 2018. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 6-4.

The Rays have lost 3.0 units and are 2-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games.

Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the nod for Tampa Bay. Chirinos did not record any MLB pitching stats in 2017.

The White Sox have tabbed righty James Shields (1-0, 5.73 ERA) as their starter. Shields started 21 games last year while finishing the season 5-7 overall with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 5.8 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has a 5.10 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 4.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 6.03 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.

Chicago’s offense is putting up 4.6 runs per outing, including 3.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .219/.323/.349 over its last five matchups and is 0-5 SU during that stretch.

Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson have led the White Sox offense so far. Davidson is slashing .233/.425/.667 with seven hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, while Anderson’s line is .263/.333/.526 with 10 hits, four RBIs, eight runs and six stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.29 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.87 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.53, along with a K-per-9 of 7.61.

The Rays offense has slashed .229/.313/.332 on its way to 3.5 runs scored per game in 2018, including over the team’s last five contests (2-3 SU).

Second baseman Joey Wendle and second baseman Daniel Robertson have led Tampa Bay’s hitters. Wendle is slashing .346/.400/.615 with nine hits, four RBIs and three runs scored, while Robertson (.316/.519/.368) is up to six hits, one RBI and six runs scored.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox Pick

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

Betting Notes

  • The Rays went 3-3 SU against the White Sox last season.
  • The White Sox have lost seven of their last eight games SU.
  • The White Sox’ bullpen recorded an ERA of 2.75 against the Rays last year.