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Rays Host White Sox Sunday on TBS in Potential Playoff Preview (08/22/21)

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Information

Last year the Rays won the American League pennant.  It was a landmark achievement for a franchise that has no real revenue or fan base.  Tampa Bay has one of the smallest payrolls in Major League Baseball.  Yet the Rays make the most of what they have.  Casual fans remain skeptical about the Rays.  No matter how much Tampa Bay beats the MLB betting odds, the masses aren’t sold.  By contrast, the White Sox win the more conventional way.  Chicago aggressively spent to get top-line talent.  Most important of all, 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa took command.

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Information

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021
Time: 1:10 p.m. ET
Location: Tropicana Field, Tampa, Florida
TV Coverage: TBS

Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Betting Odds

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Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays CashBet Wagering Analysis

On this occasion, we are treated to the best online sportsbook matchup of the weekend.  Chicago and Tampa Bay look like they are on a playoff collision course.  Squares will flock to the Rays as a quality home team.  Counter to that is Wise Guys loving a strong White Sox team on the road.

White Sox Blowing Away AL Central Field

Chicago dropped four of their most recent six games.  Four of their last six matchups stayed under the total.  Now, the White Sox are 69-50 straight up, 51-58 vs. the run line, and 55-59-5 under the total.  On the road, CWS is 29-28 straight up, 29-28 vs. the run line, and 29-26-2 over the total.  MLB Metrics show the White Sox 7th for run production and 4th for earned run average.  Chicago is 13th for bullpen ERA.  On the whole, the White Sox lead the American League Central.

Reynaldo Lopez is the probable White Sox starter.  So far, Lopez has a Betting on baseball record of 2-0 with a 1.08 earned run average and 0.72 WHIP.  Chicago won two of his previous three starts.  Closer Liam Hendriks is 7-3 with a 3.35 earned run average and 0.80 WHIP.  Overall, Hendriks has 27 saves in 33 opportunities.

First baseman Jose Abreu leads the White Sox lineup with 63 runs, 20 doubles, 25 home runs, and 89 runs batted in.

Hall of Fame manager Tony LaRussa was coaxed out of retirement for a second stint as White Sox manager.  Fashion that Larussa has a keen eye for what it takes to win.  More emphatically, he saw the potential of the White Sox and leaped at the chance.

Rays of Hope for Another Tampa Bay Pennant

Late on, Tampa Bay cashed the winning ticket in seven of its previous ten games.  While seven of their last nine matchups cleared the total.  Tampa Bay is 72-47 straight up, 64-53 vs. the run line, and 64-50-3 over the total.  At Tropicana Field, TB is 36-22 straight up, 27-30 vs. the run line, and 27-29-1 under the total.  MLB metrics show the Rays 3rd for run production and 9th for earned run average.  Overall, Tampa Bay ranks 2nd for bullpen ERA.  First place in the American League East goes to the Rays.

Josh Fleming is the probable Tampa Bay starter with the MLB betting lines.  Fleming is 10-6 with a 4.86 earned run average and 1.318 WHIP.

Second baseman Brandan Lowe continues to power the Rays.  Lowe has 28 home runs, 69 runs, and 68 runs batted in.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays Against the Spread

Overall, Chicago is 8-5 in their last 13 games against Tampa Bay.  The White Sox and Rays are 5-7-1 to the under in their series.  Chicago is 5-1 in their previous six baseball betting matchups at Tampa Bay. In comparison, The White Sox and Rays are 2-4 to the under at Tampa Bay.

Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays CashBet Free Pick  

In this situation, the White Sox will offer strong MLB gambling value as the quality away team.

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