Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox

Date: 
April 15, 7:10 PM EDT
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Betting Odds

Moneyline: 
TB +120/CWS -130
Total: 
8un -115

Defending division champions clash when the Rays and White Sox open a three-game weekend
series on the South Side Friday night. Dylan Cease hits the hill for the home team here against
Drew Rasmussen for the visitors.

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MLB Betting Odds

Friday's baseball betting lines opened Chicago and Cease at around -140 over Tampa and
Rasmussen, with an over/under of 8.5 runs. Both those figures were holding steady in the early
betting action.

Rays-White Sox MLB Betting Preview

To begin this week, Tampa Bay just dropped three of four games at home to Oakland, losing Thursday's series finale 6-3. The Rays fell behind 8-0 to the A's in Monday's series opener, on their way toward a loss; won Tuesday with two runs in the bottom of the tenth inning; fell down 3-0 early Wednesday and lost; then fell behind 3-0 again Thursday, on their way toward another defeat.

Tampa opened this season by sweeping three games from Baltimore.
The Rays, champions of the AL East last season, are playing against a "season wins" over/under this season of 89.5.
Chicago, meanwhile, just took two of three games at home from Seattle, missing out on the sweep by losing Thursday's series finale 5-1. The White Sox opened this season by taking two of three games from the Tigers in Detroit.
The ChiSox, champions of the AL Central last season, are playing against a wins O/U this season of 91.5.
These two teams split six meetings last season, each team winning a series at home.

Friday's Pitching Match-Up

Cease is making his second start of this season Friday night. Last Saturday, he held Detroit to one
run and two hits through five innings, with three walks and eight strikeouts, in a 5-2 Chicago victory. Last year Cease hit 9/32 on quality starts, and the White Sox played 18-14 with him.
In his only career start against Tampa Bay, back in 2019, Cease gave up four runs - all on one
swing of the bat - on three hits and four walks through five frames of a 4-2 White Sox loss.
Rasmussen is also making his second start of this season Friday night. Last Saturday, he gave up two runs and three hits through four innings of a 5-3 Rays win over Baltimore.
Last year Rasmussen "hit" 0/10 on quality starts pitching for Milwaukee and Tampa, to go along
with 25 appearances in relief. But he was actually very good for the Rays after coming over from
the Brewers, posting a 2.44 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP through 59 innings with Tampa.
The Rays played 7-3 when Rasmussen started last season.

This will be Rasmussen's first-ever start against the White Sox.

Splits With the Sticks

Tampa Bay is batting .258 against right-handed pitching this season (151 AB) with a .324 team.
OBP and a .444 team slugging percentage.
Chicago is “slashing” .201/.245/.309 against RH pitching this season.

The Bullpens

The Tampa bullpen owns a 3.76 ERA this season (40 2/3 IP), along with a 1.13 WHIP.
The Chicago pen owns a 3.14 ERA this season (28 2/3 IP) and a 1.36 WHIP.

MLB Betting Trends

  • The Rays played 48-33 on the road last season.
  • The White Sox played 53-28 at home last season.
  • The Rays played 62-35 against right-handed starters last season.
  • The White Sox played 68-52 against RH starters last season.

Totals Report

  • The unders are 4-3 in Rays games this season.
  • The totals are split 3-3 in White Sox games this season.
  • The unders played 42-32 at Guaranteed Rate Field last season.
  • The overs played 4-1-1 in Rays-White Sox games last season.
  • The overs played 16-14 with Cease last season.

Rays at White Sox Prediction 4/15/22

We give Rasmussen and the Tampa bullpen the edge in the pitching match-up here, and the Rays own an edge in the splits with the sticks. Also, after dropping a series at home to a team they
should have beat, we expect a bounce-back series from Tampa Bay this weekend. So we're betting the Rays at the underdog price Friday night.
Free Pick: 
Take Tampa Bay +120