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Tampa Bay RaysChicago White Sox
Sep 29, 4:05 PM | GrassU.S. Cellular Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox Odds

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The Tampa Bay Rays will look to grab a road win when they take on the White Sox in Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday in baseball odds action.

Matt Moore, with a record of 10-11 on the season, gets the ball for the Rays, while the White Sox trot Chris Sale to the mound in this one. He is 17-7 so far in 2012.

View Tampa Bay vs Chi White Sox Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the White Sox as -130 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the White Sox, most recently No. 6 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rays, who rate an American League No. 3 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's American League No. 5-ranked scoring average of 4.6 runs per game, against a Rays offense rated No. 11 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The White Sox have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rays hitters have managed (8 per nine innings).

Chicago owns the American League's No. 5 defense, allowing 4.2 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Tampa Bay's American League No. 1-rated defense.

In their last action, Tampa Bay was a 3-1 loser on the road against the White Sox. Bettors on Chicago at +105 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Rays were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeremy Hellickson's start, as they lost 3-1 against Chicago on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chi White Sox are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Rays at White Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
Chi White Sox are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi White Sox's last 11 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox's last 11 games

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Chi White Sox, Sunday, September 30

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