Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Betting Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays will take on the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. NBC Sports Chicago will televise this AL matchup and the game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Odds

Both teams have equal -105 moneyline odds and Vegas has put the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 8 runs (-110 for the under and -110 for the over). Bettors can also wager on the game’s runline with the most recent odds sitting at +140 for the Rays -1.5 runs and -160 for the White Sox +1.5.

The Rays are only 2-8 SU and have gone 6-3 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 6.5 units for moneyline bettors through the early portions of the season, despite having gained 2.1 units ATS. Tampa Bay’s covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the over has hit in four of those seven. The White Sox are 3-6 SU and 2-6 ATS. The team’s lost 2.1 units for moneyline bettors and 4.8 units ATS.

Chicago games have an over/under record of 3-5 so far in 2018. Tampa Bay has an over/under record of 5-4.

The Rays have lost 4.0 units and are 2-2 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the White Sox have lost 0.9 units and are 1-2 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in two of those games, compared to one that went under the total.

Blake Snell (0-1, 5.00 ERA) will get the nod for the visiting Rays. The left-handed Snell recorded 119 strikeouts over 129 innings last year with 59 walks while finishing the season 5-7 overall with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The White Sox will be turning to righty Carson Fulmer (0-0, 5.40 ERA), who started 5 games last year and finished the season 3-1 overall with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.

As a unit, Chicago’s pitchers have given up 5.8 runs per game overall in 2018. Its starters have an ERA of 5.04, a WHIP of 1.34 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 4.7. The bullpen has a 6.30 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.

The Chicago hitters have produced 4.6 runs per outing, including 3.2 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .234/.330/.371 over its last five matchups and is 1-4 SU during that span.

Matt Davidson and Tim Anderson have led the White Sox offense so far. Davidson is hitting .250/.400/.714 with seven hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored, and Anderson’s line is .265/.342/.529 with nine hits, four RBIs, seven runs and five steals.

Compared to his total season slash line of .257/.276/.402, Anderson performed well against lefty pitching at home in 2017, producing .338/.354/.513 across 82 plate appearances.

In the other dugout, Tampa Bay’s pitchers have allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.83 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 7.99 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.44, along with a WHIP of 1.51.

Rays hitters have slashed .220/.289/.323 on their way to 3.2 runs scored per game this year, including over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Second baseman Joey Wendle and second baseman Daniel Robertson have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Wendle is slashing .348/.333/.652 with eight hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Robertson is hitting .267/.500/.333 with four hits, zero RBIs and five runs scored.

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Free MLB Pick

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

Betting Trends

  • The White Sox went 3-3 SU against the Rays last season.
  • The White Sox have lost six of their last seven games SU.
  • The Rays’ bullpen managed an ERA of 3.10 against the White Sox last year.