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Tampa Bay Rays
vs.
Chicago White Sox

Starting Pitchers: Shields (Rays) vs. Peavy (White Sox)

Date/Time: September 27th, 8:10 P.M. EST

Television: MLB Network

MLB Odds from Bookmaker

Moneyline: Rays -105 White Sox -105

Total: 8 (Over -115)

 

MLB Betting Game Trends

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay’s last 9 games when playing Chi White Sox
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 SU in their last 5 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

Chicago White Sox

  • Chi White Sox are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi White Sox’s last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi White Sox’s last 5 games at home
  • Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chi White Sox’s last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay

 

Game Overview

A pivotal four-game series opens up on Thursday for MLB betting fans to enjoy, as the race for the playoffs in the American League will take further shape for both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Chicago White Sox.

The shame here for the Rays is that they have won seven in a row, and they probably need to win six out of seven to even think about getting into the playoffs. They do know that they control their own destiny to get into the show now at least, knowing that they are within three games of the Baltimore Orioles, the team that is coming to Tropicana Field to end the season. This is a brutally tough four games in the Windy City though, and just getting two of the four here might be an accomplishment. Will it be enough to keep the season alive? That’s definitely still to be determined with as well as everyone is playing right now in the AL playoff push outside of the Central. James Shields has been a big part of the reason that the Rays have a sub-3.00 ERA over the course of the last month and a half of the season. He threw seven shutout innings in Toronto in his last start, raising him to 15-9 on the year with a 3.65 ERA. It was the second time in three games that Shields left with a ‘W’ after throwing at least seven shutout innings.

Chicago is starting to feel like it has packed it in. Any chances of getting an AL Wild Card slot are out the window at this point, so it’s down to the Sox and the Detroit Tigers for which team will get into the show out of the AL Central. A meltdown in the bullpen has been massive cause for concern, and Manager Robin Ventura sees the writing on the wall that perhaps his team doesn’t have enough gas left in the tank. The White Sox will send Jake Peavy to the mound on Thursday to start this season. His splits are great, but in the end, Peavy hasn’t pitched tremendously over the course of the last month or so, and he, just like the rest of his team, might have just run out of gas. Peavy is 11-12 with a 3.40 ERA this year, but he has just a 2-5 mark since August 7th, and in that time, his ERA has jumped from 3.04 to where it is now. Batters are hitting just .241 against Peavy this year, and he does have 180 strikeouts, but this is the first time that he has pitched a full season in three years, and it is showing.

Prediction

The Rays feel like they still believe that they can get in. The White Sox feel like they don’t. Tampa Bay is a gigantic enigma, but that doesn’t matter to us. The visitors should keep on keeping on and help take on more step towards making those last three games against Baltimore matter. Tampa Bay 4 – Chicago 3

Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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