Chicago White Sox (7-11) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (9-9) MLB Betting Lines

Moneyline: White Sox (-105) Rays (-105)

Over/Under: 8

Starting Pitchers- White Sox (Floyd) vs. Rays (Niemann)

After a horrific start, the Tampa Bay Rays are now 9-9 on the year. The Rays have won nine of their last ten games overall. They will be looking to finish off a four game sweep over the White Sox on Thursday. The White Sox have now lost seven straight games overall. This game will be shown on the MLB Network at 6:40 eastern on Thursday evening.

Gavin Floyd will be on the hill for the White Sox as they try to stop their downward spiral. Floyd gave up six runs in his last start, so he’ll need to bounce back in this one. You’ve probably heard by now how bad the White Sox bullpen has been. Matt Thornton has blown all four of his save chances and the rest of the bullpen has been terrible as well. It hasn’t been just the bullpen though, because the offense has severely underperformed of late. The White Sox have scored a total of two runs in the three games against Tampa in this series. Alex Rios is hitting .183 and Adam Dunn is hitting .175. The White Sox aren’t as bad as they have looked the last few days, but they need to get some momentum going once again.

Tampa Bay has nine of their last ten after a horrific start. The Rays simply could not score a run at the beginning of the season. The offense still hasn’t been great, but they have been coming up with timely hits. The Rays starting rotation has been terrific over the last ten games. Jeff Niemann is on the mound Thursday, and he has an ERA of 6.32 so far this year. He gave up five runs in 2 and 2/3 innings in his first start against the White Sox this year. Johnny Damon has missed the last three games with a finger injury, and he is listed as questionable for this one. Sam Fuld has been the hitting leader for the Rays so far this season.

The under is 4-0 in Niemann’s last four starts against the White Sox. The under is 4-1 in Floyd’s last 5 starts against the Rays. Both teams have been struggling offensively, and I think the under is the best play in this one.

MLB Free Pick: White Sox/Rays under 8