Rays Favored in Rubber Game Vs. White Sox, but 'Under' Is Best Bet

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Thursday, June 8, 2017 1:28 PM GMT

Struggling to stay in their division races, the White Sox and Rays head to the rubber game of their series Thursday with Tampa Bay a strong home favorite on the MLB odds.

MLB Season Record: 28-35 (-7.28)

They’re both under .500, yet still very much in their division races just 5 and 5½ games out, respectively, as the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays head to the rubber game of their set in St. Pete. Derek Holland and Jake Odorizzi is the pitching matchup, The Rays are roughly -145 chalk with 8½ for the total.

Chicago got the series underway Tuesday with a 4-2 win, the ChiSox closing as +160 underdogs on the MLB odds and scoring in each of the final three frames to grab the dubya. All of the scoring in Game 2 came during the first three innings as Tampa Bay evened the set with a 3-1 decision. That was the Rays’ sixth win in the last eight on this field and fifth ‘under’ in the last six meetings here.

 

Odorizzi Gets Extra Rest As Rays Shuffle Rotation

Holland was enjoying a very strong season until his last time out at Detroit, a game BookMaker closed with Chicago +179. The southpaw lived up to that underdog status by allowing eight runs before being relieved in the third of an embarrassing 15-5 White Sox setback. Defense had mostly been to blame for Holland’s previous stinkers, but this time it was all him with the Tigers taking him deep three times among their eight hits. Before that outing, the Pale Hose were 4-2 hen he pitched on the road, Holland posting a 2.15 ERA.

Coming off his worst start of ‘17, Odorizzi was given an extra day of rest as manager Kevin Cash shuffled his rotation to bring up rookie Jacob Faria for his MLB debut in Game 2. A first-inning error didn’t help Odorizzi in a 12-4 loss at Seattle, but neither did the grand slam he served up to Taylor Motter that frame or the 3-run jack Danny Valencia popped to chase him in the third. It marked the third consecutive Tampa Bay loss with the 27-year-old on the hill. Tonight is just his third career appearance vs. the White Sox, the Rays splitting the previous two while Odorizzi pitched to a 3.18 ERA.

 

Umpire Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

Adam Hamari, the youngest and least experienced member of Bill Miller’s crew, will call balls and strikes in the series finale. Soon-to-be 34, the Michigan native checks in with a 4-7 O/U record on the year and 5-2 mark in favor of home chalk. Hamari has six plate assignments at the Trop to his credit, the Rays and totals splitting down the middle, 3-3.

We’re obviously not worried about the weather since the game will be played inside. The White Sox struggle on the road (13-21) and the Rays struggle against lefties (7-13), leaving me thinking ‘under’ for my free baseball pick.

Free MLB Pick: 'Under' 8½Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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