We have the start of a four game series today between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox. Both teams come in trending in different directions but both have a chance to make statements here. As for the Rays, they come in after dropping two of three games to the Houston Astros in their previous series. Tampa Bay has been the best team in the league so far this season and they will be looking to get back on track in this one. Chicago enters today having lost seven straight games, including being swept in their last two series. These teams played each other a few days ago with the Rays taking all three games in Tampa Bay. As this series starts, the records may indicate a favorite but in baseball, anything can happen.
Date: Thursday, April 27th, 2023
Time: 7:10 p.m. EST
Location: Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois
Team Records: Tampa Bay Rays (20-5), Chicago White Sox (7-18)
Projected Starting Pitchers:
Shane McClanahan (4-0, 1.86 ERA) vs Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.73 ERA)
What to Watch:
We have a matchup of aces today as both teams are sending their guy to the mound. It could be a lower scoring game with Shane McClanahan and Dylan Cease throwing the ball. Both have nasty stuff on the mound and have the ability to completely shut down the opposing team. So the offenses will be the key in this one here.
Whichever team can muster up just enough hits and runs will likely take the game. Tampa Bay has been the better team so far but the White Sox are going home after a rough road trip. Maybe some home cooking is just what they need. This should be an interesting game as the two pitchers duel.
Game Prediction: Chicago White Sox 2, Tampa Bay Rays 0
Behind a strong outing from their ace in Cease, the White Sox grab this win. Give me Chicago to defend home field and win this game.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread – Tampa Bay Rays -1.5 (+110) / Chicago White Sox +1.5 (-130)
Moneyline – Tampa Bay Rays -160 / Chicago White Sox +135
Total – 7.0 – Over (-120) / Under (+100)
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