Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (7-2) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-6)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
C Sale (2-0) (3.86) vs. J Odorizzi (0-1) (3.86)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays +103 / Chicago White Sox -113 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, CSCh
Coming up on Friday evening in MLB action, we’ve got a great-looking game one coming in the series between the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
The White Sox are coming off a three-game series with the Twins. Chicago won games one and two by a combined score of 7-1, and then in Thursday’s game three swept things out with a 3-1 victory.
As for the Rays, they split their first two games in a series against the Indians this week before game three, when they got pummeled 6-0 on Thursday.
Chicago will be going with left-hander Chris Sale in Friday’s game. Everyone else got pushed back this week due to a rainout on Sunday, but Sale will be on normal rest. In his first two games this season, Sale has recorded a 2-0 record with 14 strikeouts, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
In the White Sox’ batter’s box, we’re seeing some early surprises out of some players and a pretty consistent effort overall. Adam Eaton has started out well with 13 hits and four runs. As for heavy-hitting Todd Frasier, his BA needs some work but he’s got six RBI and four runs so far. Frasier went 0-for-4 on Thursday.
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Over with the Rays, they’ll be giving right-hander Jake Odorizzi the start on Friday. Odorizzi has an 0-1 record through two starts this year with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP with 14 strikeouts. On Sunday, Odorizzi gave up four runs (all in the second) in six innings against the Orioles.
The Tampa Bay lineup has quite a bit of pop and will hit lots of homers this season. Evan Longoria is the team’s most notable player, and he has 10 hits with five runs this year. Longoria went 1-for-4 on Thursday. Steven Souza has also gotten off to a hot start, with eight hits and five RBI. Sousa came up empty in Thursday’s finale, however.
Let’s dig into some trends and see what’s going on there. The White Sox are 4-1 in their last five game ones of a series, but 1-4 in Sale’s last five starts on five days of rest.
As for the Rays, they’re 12-5 in their last 17 home games against a left-handed starter, but 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games.
Can the White Sox sustain this early-season momentum? Probably not, but for now I like the run they’re on. Sale shouldn’t have too much trouble as long as he gets a little run support, so I’m going with Chicago here.