Chris Archer (7-4, 1.84 ERA) starts for the Tampa Bay Rays (33-29) as they square off against Jeff Samardzija (4-4, 4.93 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox (28-31) in the second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. The Rays won the last game 7-5 and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 13 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and SunSports.
Archer pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs (one unearned) and striking out 11 in a 3-1 win over the Mariners. When pitching against the Rays, Samardzija is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and three strikeouts. Jose Abreu (.287, 32 Rs, 12 HRs, 39 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Tampa Bay is a -151 favorite against Chicago and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Rays have an overall money line of +187 and a record as the favorite of 15-13. Tampa Bay is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Opposing offenses have been stifled by the Rays, who have a team ERA of only 3.31. The Rays are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.19 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, Chicago is coming in with an overall money line of -383 and a disappointing record of 12-18 as the underdog. The White Sox have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.2 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Rays have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Rays have a 21-21 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Samardzija takes the mound. Archer (RHP) will be on the hill against the White Sox, who have a 23-24 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TB, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Chicago is 12-10, while Tampa Bay is 11-11.
The Rays are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The White Sox have a 7-13 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 6-26. The Rays have a 6-20 record when opponents outhit them.
Chicago ranks near the bottom of the league at 27th when it comes to home runs, hitting 44 this season. Tampa Bay ranks in the top half at 15th with 56.
Tampa Bay and Chicago both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Tampa Bay sits at 14th with 7.89 hits per game and Chicago ranks 11th with 8.24.
Tampa Bay and Chicago both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Tampa Bay sits at 23rd with an OPS of .684 and Chicago ranks 29th with an OPS of .654.
The White Sox are 14-23 when they allow at least one home run. The Rays perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 14-21 record.