Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/21/14
Chicago White Sox (70-84) at Tampa Bay Rays (75-80)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm (Tropicana Field)
John Danks (L) (9-11) (4.882) vs. Nate Karns (R) (1-0) (0.000)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -156 / Chicago White Sox +146 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, Sun Sports
The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
The Chicago White Sox have won six of their last 10 games and are 14 games below a .500 record. Despite the success, the White Sox pitching continues to struggle by allowing four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.31, which is 27th in the majors, and they’ve lost five of their last eight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Adam Eaton has gotten on base in seven of his last 10 games. John Danks gets the ball, and he’s 9-11 with a 4.88 ERA and has 121 strikeouts in 180.2 innings. Danks is 5-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays.
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The Tampa Bay Rays have won five of their last eight games and are five games below .500. The Rays pitching staff has allowed three or less runs in six of their last eight games. Overall, the Tampa Bay Rays have an ERA of 3.48, which is eighth in the majors, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Evan Longoria has a four-game hitting streak and Ben Zobrist has three hits in this series. Starting is Nathan Karns, who is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has eight strikeouts in seven innings. This will be Karns first career game against the White Sox.
The White Sox are 0-4 in Danks' last 4 road starts and 16-35 in Danks' last 51 starts overall. The Rays are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
Two losing teams that are playing decent baseball as the season comes to an end. Give me the team that's giving me more bang for my buck.