The Chicago White Sox visit Tropicana Field on Saturday night, where they will take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The first pitch will be at 5:10 central. The White Sox sit at 39-70 on the year thus far. Their record is good enough for fourth place in the American League Central division. They are twenty and a half games behind the first place Cleveland Indians, who are 59-49. The Rays, however, are 56-54, and are in third place in the American League East division. They are also twenty and a half games back, but for them it is behind the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are 77-34. Tampa Bay is favored in this game at -164.
This game will center a three-game series between the two teams. Game one saw the White Sox win in extra innings. Lucas Giolito got the start for the White Sox, and pitched a great game. He gave up only 2 hits, and one earned run. He also struck out 6. After the bullpen blew the lead for Chicago, Tyler Danish ended up getting the win. Jose Alverado ended up getting the loss for Tampa Bay. Hector Santiago got the save in the 3-2 extra-inning win.
In Saturday’s game, Carlos Rodon will get the start for the White Sox. Recently, he has been pitching like the ace that Chicago expected him to be when they spent a #3 pick on him several years ago. Throughout his last three starts, he has a 1.88 ERA. His record this year stands at 3-3, and he has a 3.24 ERA. Blake Snell will get the ball for the Rays. His record stands at 12-5, and he has a 2.27 ERA. He will look to keep rolling, as he has been having a great year.
Chicago White Sox
For the White Sox, Jose Abreu leads the team in nearly every stat. He leads in batting average, home runs, RBIs, OBP, and hits. His average stands at .265 and has 18 home runs. He has also driven in 32 runs. He will definitely be a big factor in deciding this game.
Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Duffy has been leading the way in batting average for Tampa Bay. He is currently hitting .302. He has also 31 runs batted in, a stat that CJ Cron leads the team in with 56. These men both will be important in deciding this game.
White Sox Stun Rays, Win Series
Tampa Bay is the better team. However, Carlos Rodon has been pitching out of his mind lately, using the fastball-slider combination that got him to where he is to strike out many hitters this season. He has been especially hot through his last four starts, so look for him to make it five. I see Rodon using that same pitch combination to get at least five or six punchouts in this game. If the White Sox can hit the ball with some sort of consistency, then they should walk away having stolen a series from the Rays. Bet on the Chicago White Sox at +142.
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