MLB Odds Analysis on Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
There is an awful lot of emphasis put on pitching in the sport of baseball by MLB betting fans, and while it is arguably the most important element in the game, you still can’t focus on it at the expense of hitting. The Tampa Bay Rays are finding out the hard way that a lack of pop in the line-up will eventually lead to your demise. They will be welcoming in the Boston Red Sox this weekend for a 3-game series that gets underway on Friday.
A Better Look at the MLB Odds Analysis on Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays & TV Info
Date/Time: Friday, September 11, 2015 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay, Florida
TV: Sun Sports
Radio: WDAE 620 AM /95.3 FM, WGES 680 (Sp.)
Opening Lines: Boston +145, Tampa Bay -152
The Rays (68-71) players and staff will tell you that they are still in the Wild Card race, but at 5.5 games back, and with time running out, it’s all just lip service. The Rays have hit a slump at a time when they need wins the most, and have now lost 5 of their last 7 games. Ironically enough, they have been starting to put runs on the board, but it has come at a time when they have gone off the rails defensively.
You do get the sense that this is a team that is not that far away from being good, and adding a couple of bats to the line-up in the offseason might just turn them into a contender next year. For now, though, they are going to have to close out the season with a lot of wins in their remaining games if that playoff talk has any chance of bearing fruit. Chris Archer (12-11, 2.88 ERA) will get the start on Friday for the Rays.
Since deciding to shake things up in the front office, the Boston Red Sox (66-73) have looked like a totally different team. They are a very solid 9-4 in their last 13 games, and have suddenly found some power in their bats once again. They are coming into this series after taking 2 of 3 games from the red hot Toronto Blue Jays, and also looking like the team that everyone believed they were going to be this season. It’s all a little too late, of course, as their playoff aspirations were killed off quite some time ago.
There are going to be some interesting decisions for the new GM to make in the offseason, though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Red Sox were back to being a force to be reckoned with when the 2016 season gets underway. Wade Miley (11-10, 4.43 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.
Key Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Tampa Bay’s last 16 games
- Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 17 of Boston’s last 25 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Recent form suggests that Boston should get the win here, but they are in for a tough go of it against Chris Archer. I think this will be a tight one, but that the Rays will eventually come out on top.