The Tampa Bay Rays are still hoping they could catch up with the New York Yankees who are atop of the American League East division. They could move a step closer to that goal every win in their upcoming series at home against the Chicago White Sox, who are in a much hopeless situation in the AL Central. The Rays are +650 to win the AL East, while the White Sox are +15000 to top their division at the end of the regular season.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the Chicago White Sox vs Tampa Bay Regular-Season Series Running from July 19-21 2019
Where: Tropicana Field, Saint Petersburg
Game 1 Thursday, July 19, 7:10 PM EST
Game 2 Friday, July 21, 6:10 PM EST
Game 3 Saturday, July 22, 1:10 PM EST
Line: Chicago White Sox vs Tampa Bay – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Reynaldo Lopez (4-8, 5.97 ERA) vs. TBA
Lopez picked up a no-decision in his last start despite allowing zero runs and only three hits in six innings of a 3-2 road loss to the Oakland Athletics on Jul. 14. He also struck out seven hitters and issued a pair of free passes. He is 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA in nine starts away from home so far this season. The Rays are tops in the American League in ERA with a 3.36 clip.
Kevin Kiermaier is 3-for-5 in career vs. Lopez.
Tommy Pham is batting .307 with seven home runs at home this season.
Prediction: White Sox win, 4-3.
Starters: Lucas Giolito (11-4, 3.23 ERA) vs. Blake Snell (5-7, 4.55 ERA)
Giolito has picked up a loss in each of his last two starts. In fact, he is yet to win since the All-Star break. In his last start, he allowed three earned runs on seven hits in a 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Jul. 15 on the road. Giolito is 6-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine road starts this season. Snell hasn’t surrendered more than two runs in any of his last three starts. The Rays are 3-0 in those games.
James McCann is 3-for-6 with a home run in career. Snell.
The Rays’ current roster has a collective .143 career batting average against Giolito.
Prediction: Rays win, 4-2.
Starters: Dylan Cease (1-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. TBA
Cease will make just his third career start of the season this coming weekend. In his major league debut, he gave up three earned runs on four hits across five innings of a 7-5 win over the Detroit Tigers at home on Jul. 3. He suffered a loss in his next start, though, yielding four earned runs on eight hits in six innings of an 11-0 road defeat to the Royals on Jul. 16. Rays pitchers have limited opposing batters to just .223 batting average this season.
Jose Abreu is hitting .273 with 21 home runs on the season.
Willy Adames is 8-for-22 in five games over the last seven days as of this writing.
Prediction: White Sox win, 6-4.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
White Sox take two of three games.
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