Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox - 8/5/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago White Sox (40-70) at Tampa Bay Rays (56-55)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm (Tropicana Field)
J Shields (4-13) (4.56) vs. () ()
The Line: Tampa Bay Rays / Chicago White Sox --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NSCH, SUN
The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays meet Sunday in MLB action at Tropicana Field.
The Chicago White Sox look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The White Sox have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Chicago White Sox have split their last 14 games when scoring at least two runs. Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with 112 hits and 63 RBI while Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson have combined for 195 hits and 87 RBI. James Shields gets the ball, and he is 4-13 with a 4.56 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Shields is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Mariners.
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The Tampa Bay Rays could also use a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rays have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Tampa Bay Rays have won seven of their last nine games when scoring at least three runs. Matt Duffy leads the Rays with 109 hits and 31 RBI while C.J. Cron and Mallex Smith have combined for 184 hits and 82 RBI. The Tampa Bay Rays didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.
The White Sox are 3-9 in their last 12 during game 3 of a series, 5-22 in Shields' last 27 road starts and 1-5 in Shields' last 6 starts. The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 during game 3 of a series, 1-5 in their last 6 vs. American League Central and 20-6 in their last 26 home games. The White Sox are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 39-18-1 in the last 58 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays haven't listed a starting pitcher, but almost anything is better than Shields, who has allowed 10 runs in his last 11 innings. In 55 innings on the road this season, Shields is allowing a 6.05 ERA with an allowed batting average of .264. Sure, Shields has owned his former team, but it's been just four starts against them and 60 career at bats against current Rays, so it's not much of a sample size. I'll back the Rays here as more of a fade from the White Sox and their starting pitcher than anything else.