White Sox vs. Rays - 9/26/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tampa Bay Rays (65-90) at Chicago White Sox (74-81)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm (U.S. Cellular Field)
D Smyly (7-11) (4.86) vs. J Shields (5-18) (5.98)
The Line: Chicago White Sox +109 / Tampa Bay Rays -119 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox begin a four-game series Monday night.
The Tampa Bay Rays could use a feel good win after losing six of their last seven games. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Tampa Bay Rays offense has been hit or miss recently, and they’ve won five of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Evan Longoria leads Tampa Bay with 169 hits, Brad Miller has 81 RBI and Logan Forsythe has 20 home runs. Alex Cobb gets the nod, and he’s 1-1 with a 6.16 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. This will be Cobb’s second career game against the White Sox.
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The Chicago White Sox could also use a win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The White Sox have allowed 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago White Sox have an ERA of 4.15 and have lost five straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Abreu leads Chicago with 179 hits, Adam Eaton has 58 RBI and Todd Frazier has 39 home runs. James Shields takes the hill, and he’s 5-18 with a 5.98 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Shields is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Rays.
The Rays are 17-38 in their last 55 during game 1 of a series and 17-37 in their last 54 vs. American League Central. The White Sox are 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass and 8-0 in their last 8 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rays are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
Both of these clubs have nothing to play for and I don't love laying juice on the road. However, Shields has been a nightmare all season long and is coming off a game in which he allowed seven runs. Don't love this game, but if forced to pick, I'd side with the Rays as more of a fade from the White Sox.