Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/25/14
Tampa Bay Rays (10-11) at Chicago White Sox (11-11)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
Chris Archer (R) (2-1) (3.648) vs. Erik Johnson (R) (1-1) (5.316)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +132 / Tampa Bay Rays -142 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SunSports, WCIU
U.S. Cellular Field and the Chicago White Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in Friday night action.
Tampa Bay wanted to avoid a slow start in 2014 but I don't think hovering around the .500 mark is what they had in mind. The main issue has been at the plate where runs can be at a premium which places consistent pressure on the rotation. The bottom line for the Rays is they have to win when they score and that didn't happen in Thursday's 9-7 loss to visiting Minnesota on Thursday. Erik Bedard lasted just four frames with four runs scored with Heath Bell charged with five runs in 1.2 innings. The Rays offense produced 13 hits and a pair of BB but still fell short despite a two run bomb from David DeJesus and another two RBI's from James Loney. Tampa Bay sends Chris Archer to the bump to contain the dangerous bats of the White Sox. Archer has been solid in the young season with a 2-1 record with a 3.65 ERA while logging quality starts in three of his four outings.
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The White Sox are in a rebuilding mode and from what I've seen in the early stages of 2014 this will be a more competitive squad. Not a contender in a tough American League Central but certainly a team that has some talent on the field. Chicago dropped a 7-4 decision at division favorite Detroit Thursday afternoon thanks to poor perforances out of the pen in what was an otherwise decent effort. Jose Quintana took the loss with three runs scored in six frames before Maikel Cleto and Daniel Webb allowed two runs each in 2.3 and 1.1 innings respectively. The offense couldn't compete with the pen despite a 15 hit attack that Alexei Ramirez drive in two while Adam Dunn clubbed his 5th HR. Erik Johnson is scheduled to open the series on the mound against visiting Tampa Bay on Friday. Johnson has thrown the ball well the last two times out with only a pair of earned runs allowed in 11.2 innings.
Of course Tampa Bay is favored but you have to get some runs on the road to win and that's the Wild Card. I like Archer on the mound but as I said, the White Sox can be competitive. I'll take them here but could change because I don't love this so check back...