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MLB BASEBALL

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Rays will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Jeremy Hellickson in this game. Hellickson has a 1-1 record and a 3.55 ERA this season.

Hellickson's opponent in this one will be Chris Sale. The White Sox lefthander has a 4.50 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 3-0 result against the Yankees on April 24. Bettors who backed the Rays at -136 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Indians at home. Moneyline bettors who got the White Sox at -136 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Tampa Bay: 10-11 SU
Chicago: 8-12 SU

Tampa Bay most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chi White Sox are 7-3
After playing NY Yankees are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After playing Cleveland are 4-6
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Tampa Bay's last 17 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing Chi White Sox
Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Chi White Sox's last 17 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi White Sox's last 13 games when playing Tampa Bay

Next up:
Chi White Sox home to Tampa Bay, Friday, April 26