Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Monday April 8, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
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Chicago White Sox +135 / Tampa Bay Rays -145 O/U: 7.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox will match up in MLB action on Monday as they kick off their series.
The Rays just finished up a weekend set versus the Giants. Tampa lost on Saturday, but won the Friday game 5-2 and the Sunday game 3-0. In the Sunday matchup, Tampa’s Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
For the Monday game, the Rays will be going with lefty Blake Snell. In his 13.0 innings and 1-1 mark this year so far, Snell has a 3.46 ERA with 16 strikeouts and three walks to his credit.
Over on the Sox’ side, they played the Mariners over the weekend. Chicago won Friday’s game in that set but lost Saturday and Sunday to drop the series. In Sundays 12-5 loss, Chicago’s Tim Anderson was about the only player on the team with a good line, going 4-for-5 with one run.
Chicago is sending out left-hander Carlos Rodon on Monday. In his 11.1 innings and 1-1 record this season, Rodon has a 1.59 ERA with 15 Ks and two walks.
The Rays are 16-5 in their last 21 Monday games and 23-8 in Snell’s last 31 starts. Tampa is 17-5 in Snell’s last 22 starts with five days’ rest and 5-0 in his last five road starts.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 5-13 in their last 18 Monday games and 1-4 in their last five in game one of a series. Chicago is 1-4 in Rodon’s last five starts and 9-4 in his last 13 starts in game one of a series.
Snell was stellar his last time out, striking out 13 over 7.0 shutout innings with just three hits. That’s a stark contrast to Snell’s loss on March 28 to Houston, with 6.0 innings, five earned and six hits.
As for Rodon, he has one great start (zero earned; two hits; 6.0 innings) and one okay start (5.1 innings; three hits; two earned) on his sheet so far, which is also a big turnaround from his struggles late last year.
This should be a pretty fun pitching matchup, and in the end I think the Rays can get one here—it may be close, though.