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Yandy Diaz and the Tampa Bay Rays will head north to play the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. This AL showdown will get underway at 2:10 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to WGN to catch the action.

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox Odds

Tampa Bay (-145) is favored against Chicago (+135) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at eight runs. Odds for betting on the game’s total stand at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. This game currently has a runline of Rays -1.5 (+100) and White Sox +1.5 (-120).

The Rays are 7-3 SU and are 6-3 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 2.8 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 3.5 units ATS. Tampa Bay’s covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The White Sox, on the other hand, are 3-5 SU and 3-4 ATS. The team has lost 0.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 3.8 units ATS.

White Sox games have an over/under record of 6-1 so far in 2019. Rays games have gone under seven times, gone over one time and pushed on one occasion.

Blake Snell (1-1, 3.46 ERA) is projected to get the start for Tampa Bay. The left-handed Snell recorded 221 strikeouts across 180 innings last year (with only 64 walks) while finishing the season 21-5 overall with a 1.89 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He made two starts against Chicago in 2018 and put together a 1-0 record against the White Sox with a 1.80 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

The White Sox will put the ball in the hands of lefty Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.59 ERA), who started 20 games last year and finished the season 6-8 overall with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Tampa Bay’s pitching staff allowed 1.9 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 1.62 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 10.08 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 2.20, along with a WHIP of 0.78 and a K/9 of 8.34.

Rays hitters have slashed .231/.294/.350 on their way to 3.4 runs scored per game this season, including over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

First baseman Yandy Diaz and first baseman Ji-Man Choi have led Tampa Bay’s offense. Diaz is slashing .303/.395/.667 with 10 hits, four RBIs and seven runs scored. Choi (.370/.433/.444) is up to 10 hits, four RBIs and two runs scored.

In the other dugout, Chicago’s pitching staff has given up 6.6 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 5.98 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 7.31 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 8.9 K/9.

The Chicago offense has produced 5.4 runs per contest, including 5.6 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .251/.323/.413 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The White Sox batters have been led by shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada. Anderson is slashing .560/.577/.880 with 14 hits, five RBIs and seven runs scored, while Moncada’s line sits at .353/.405/.647 with 12 hits, 11 RBIs and nine runs scored.

The Rays have gained 2.0 units and are 2-0 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in zero of those games, compared to two that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the White Sox have netted 1.1 units and are 1-0 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over’s cashed in one of those games, compared to zero that went under.

Rays at White Sox MLB Tip

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

Betting Notes

  • The Rays went 2-4 SU against the White Sox last season.
  • The White Sox’ bullpen managed 3.05 ERA against the Rays last year.
  • The Rays have a team OPS of .644 this season and an OPS of .653 against left-handed pitchers. The White Sox’ OPS stands at .730 overall and their left / right split is nearly identical.