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MLB Game Preview - Rays underdogs vs White Sox at Chicago

Tampa Bay RaysChicago White Sox
Sep 27, 8:10 PM | GrassU.S. Cellular Field

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Chicago and Tampa Bay on Thursday, with the host White Sox trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Jake Peavy gets the call for the Chicago White Sox and he will try to build on a 11-12 mark. In the other dugout, James Shields brings a 15-9 ledger to the game for the Rays as he tries to quiet the White Sox bats.

View Tampa Bay vs Chi White Sox Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the White Sox in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -105 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The White Sox - Rays odds would favor the Rays if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 6 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Tampa Bay is at No. 3 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Chicago's No. 5-rated American League offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game, against a Rays defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 3.6 in runs allowed per game. The White Sox have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, more than Rays batters have averaged on the year (8.1 hits per game).

Chicago owns the American League's No. 6 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 4-2 winner on the road against the Red Sox. Bettors on Tampa Bay at -130 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Tampa Bay looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Red Sox, a 4-2 final on Wednesday in support of Alex Cobb at Fenway Park.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 6-4 loser as they battled the Indians at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Indians at +142 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago suffered a 6-4 loss against Cleveland on Wednesday, as Hector Santiago wasn't able to lead his team to victory at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tampa Bay Rays Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Chi White Sox are 5-5
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

Chicago White Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Tampa Bay are 5-5
After playing Cleveland are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rays at White Sox trends to consider:
Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 9 games when playing Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Tampa Bay's last 13 games when playing on the road against Chi White Sox
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox's last 5 games at home
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox's last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Chi White Sox's last 13 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay

Next up:
Tampa Bay at Chi White Sox, Friday, September 28