Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox
The Tampa Bay Rays host the Chicago White Sox in a battle of two of baseball’s better teams thus far this year. The Rays are -115 favorites over the White Sox with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Tampa Bay Rays continue to do what they seem to do every season, win a lot of games by playing well managed baseball. The Rays are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 17-7 at home this season, and they are tied for first place in the A.L. East. As a team the Rays are hitting .244 led by Matt Joyce at .290, Sean Rodriguez at .241, and Luke Scott at .237. The Rays pitching staff has an ERA of 3.51 with the starters at 3.41 and the bullpen at 3.73. For game one against the ChiSox the Rays start Matt Moore who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Moore has allowed 51 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 48 over 49.2 innings of work for a 5.07 ERA.
The Chicago White Sox are finding answers and at the same time winning the games they never seemed to be able to do in recent years. The White Sox have won five games in a row, they are 9-1 in their last 10 games, 14-9 on the road this season, and they are a half of a game back in the A.L. Central standings. As a team the White Sox are hitting .255 led by Paul Konerko at .399, A.J. Pierzynski at .312, and Alejando De Aza at .285. As a team the White Sox have an ERA of 3.97 with the starters at 4.29 and the bullpen at 3.27. For game one at Tropicana Field Chicago starts Chris Sale who has won his last two starts. For the season Sale has allowed 39 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 46 over 50.1 innings of work for a 2.50 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 5-1 in their last six games overall, 37-15 in their last 52 home games, and they are 2-5 in their last seven games against a left handed starter. Chicago is 4-0 in their last four road games, 6-1 in their last seven games as an underdog, and 1-4 in their last five games against the A.L. East.
The total in this one is set at 7.5 and the way these two can hit the ball it doesn’t matter who is pitching, we will see some runs and this number looks just too low.