Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.79 ERA) and John Danks (3-5, 5.17 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays (32-29) and the Chicago White Sox (28-30) at Tropicana Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and can be seen on CSN-CHI and SunSports.
Andriese pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 6-1 defeat to the Yankees. Danks is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA when pitching against the Rays. He takes on a below-average Tampa Bay offense which is hitting just .237 this season. Jose Abreu (.283, 31 Rs, 11 HRs, 37 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the White Sox, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Tampa Bay and Chicago are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. 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.
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 an 11-8 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Danks takes the mound. Andriese (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
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi White Sox's last 7 games.
Chi White Sox are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
Chi White Sox are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Tampa Bay.
Chi White Sox are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Chi White Sox.
Tampa Bay has won 48% (10-11) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Chicago has won 57% (12-9) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the White Sox who are coming in with an 11-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the White Sox are 6-25. 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 43 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 24th with an OPS of .682 and Chicago ranks 29th with an OPS of .654.
When the White Sox allow at least one home run, they are 14-23, well-matched with the Rays who are 13-21 when allowing at least one homer.