Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 9, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)|
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Chicago White Sox +125 / Tampa Bay Rays -145 O/U: 8.5
The Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox will be meeting up to continue their MLB series on Tuesday.
In Monday’s game one of this set, the Rays scored four runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 5-1 victory.
For the Tuesday game, the Rays will be bringing out RHP Charlie Morton in the start. Across his 11.0 innings and 1-0 record this year, Morton has a 1.64 ERA with 14 Ks and four walks to his credit.
In Monday’s victory, Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham bagged two runs and a hit, and Yandy Diaz put up two knocks with a run. Daniel Robertson and Avisail Garcia each had two hits and an RBI for the Rays there as well.
Over on the Sox’ side, they’re sending out Ervin Santana for the start Tuesday. Last season, Santana logged just five starts with an 0-1 record, an 8.03 ERA and 16 Ks in 24.2 innings overall.
Jose Rondon was the only Sox player with an RBI on Monday, and he had a couple of hits as well. Leury Garcia put up a solid line of 3-for-4 but couldn't get across the plate for Chicago in game one.
The Rays are 8-2 in their last 10 versus the AL Central and 12-3 in their last 15 in game two of a series. Tampa is 11-5 in the last 16 Tuesday games and 37-16 in their last 53 overall.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 25-52 in their last 77 in game two of a series and 15-36 in their last 51 Tuesday games. Chicago is 3-11 in their last 14 home games and the over is 9-1-1 in their last 11 overall.
The Rays have come out hot in the early-going this season, and Morton has pitched very well—he’s given up just seven hits total and tossed 6.0 shutout innings his last time up.
As for Santana, he’s been relatively consistent over his lengthy career but has missed much of two of the last four seasons due to injury, so it’s tough telling what we’ll get here.
Overall, I don’t see a whole lot of reasons not to take the Rays in this one.