MLB Game Preview - White Sox underdogs vs Rays at Tampa Bay

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July 5, 7:10 PM | TurfTropicana Field

Chicago White Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Odds

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

Tampa Bay hands the ball to starter Jeremy Hellickson in this one and he'll try to improve on his 7-3 mark on the year. Chicago counters with Dylan Axelrod, who will try to quiet the fans and the Rays bats at the same time.

View Chi White Sox vs Tampa Bay Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Rays as -184 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Rays sit at No. 5 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the White Sox sit at an American League No. 12 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a White Sox defense that ranks No. 8 in the American League at 4.4 in runs allowed per game. The Rays have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, more than White Sox batters have averaged on the year (8.3 hits per game).

Chicago brings the American League's No. 8-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Rays' league No. 7-ranked defense.

Chicago was a 3-2 winner in its last match at home against the Orioles. They won as -108 favorites, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors. The White Sox hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Jose Quintana struck out 11 batters in 3-2 victory on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tampa Bay was a 7-5 winner in its last match on the road against the Astros. They won as -155 favorites, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors. Tampa Bay won a close affair on Thursday in their last outing, defeating Houston 7-5 in extra innings at Minute Maid Park.

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

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few White Sox at Rays trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 6 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox

Next up:
Chi White Sox at Tampa Bay, Saturday, July 6

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