Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox - 4/16/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (8-2) at Tampa Bay Rays (3-7)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
J Danks (0-1) (9.00) vs. E Ramirez (1-0) (3.00)
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays -135 / Chicago White Sox +125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: WGN, SUN
Early Saturday evening in the MLB, we’ve got a nice matchup coming between the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
This will be game two of the series, and in game one on Friday we had a tight pitchers’ duel, ending with a 1-0 Chicago victory. Chris Sale was the winner in that one, logging a complete-game shutout on two hits and nine strikeouts in an amazing performance.
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For Saturday’s matchup, the White Sox will be bringing out left-hander John Danks. In his lone appearance this year back on Friday, Danks was wrecked for seven runs (five earned) across five frames. That gives Danks a 9.00 ERA and 1.80 WHIP so far this year.
The Sox hitters have given a pretty solid all-around effort this season, and have guided the team to a surprising start. Adam Eaton has racked up four runs and 13 hits, but has just one RBI. Eaton went 0-for-4 for Chicago in Friday’s opener. As for Jose Abreu, he’s got nine hits, five RBI and four runs to his credit thus far, but also went 0-for-4 for the White Sox in their narrow game one victory.
Over on the Rays side, they’ll be bringing out right-hander Erasmo Ramirez to start Saturday’s game two. Ramirez will be making his first official start of the season here, but thus far in relief has posted a 3.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP across six innings pitched. In 2015, Ramirez posted an 11-6 record with a 3.75 ERA for the Rays.
Tampa Bay has a few notable names, and a few up-and-comers on their roster of hitters. Evan Longoria has started out well with 10 hits, five runs and five RBI. Logan Forsythe has contributed as well, bringing in eight hits with four runs and four RBI. Neither Longoria nor Forsythe could come up with a hit on Friday, however, as they combined to go 0-for-6 in the Tampa Bay loss.
The White Sox are 4-0 in their last four game twos of a series, and 4-1 in Danks’ last five starts against the American League East. As for the Rays, they’re 23-10 in their last 33 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600 and 12-5 in their last 17 home games against a left-handed starter.
While I’m not thrilled with Danks’ start to the season, he’s got enough firepower in the lineup to keep him ahead in this game. I’ll take the White Sox for the victory here, and I think they’ll keep this train rolling along.