White Sox vs. Rays - 8/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (52-54) at Chicago White Sox (50-53)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
C Archer (9-8) (2.60) vs. C Sale (9-6) (3.20)
The Line: Chicago White Sox -131 / Tampa Bay Rays +121 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSCh
The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Rays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Rays have won four of their last six games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 105 hits and 46 RBI while Logan Forsythe and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 72 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays have split their last six road games. Chris Archer gets the ball, and he’s 9-8 with a 2.54 ERA and 173 strikeouts this season. Archer is 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox need a win after losing four of their last five games. The White Sox have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The White Sox have won seven of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Melky Cabrera leads Chicago with 116 hits and 53 RBI while Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez have combined for 102 RBI. The Chicago White Sox have lost eight of their last 10 games. Chris Sale takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA and 177 strikeouts this season. Sale is 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 14-5 in Archers last 19 road starts and 1-5 in Archers last 6 starts overall. The White Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series and 32-15 in Sales last 47 starts as a home favorite. The under is 3-1-1 in Sales last 5 starts vs. Rays.
Sale is coming off a brutal outing in which he allowed seven runs, while Archer has been great but isn't getting much run support at all. These are two of the better strikeout pitchers in the game, making for a fun matchup. If forced to pick a side, I'd take the under given the way these pitchers can rack up duble-digit Ks each.