Saturday, April 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: John Danks vs. Erasmo Ramirez
The Chicago White Sox visit Tropicana Field on Saturday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are John Danks for the White Sox and Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +135 and Tampa Bay at -145. The over/under was set at 7.5. The White Sox have a 2-5-2 over/under record and a 6-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 67% of the time. The Rays are 2-7-0 against the run line and have a 1-6-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 22% of the time.
The White Sox head into this matchup with a 7-2 record, including 6-1 on the road. Starting pitcher John Danks has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.80. He has 6 strikeouts over his 5 innings pitched and he has given up 8 hits so far this season. He has allowed 14.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.41. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.11 and they have given up 12 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .145 against the bullpen while being struck out 24 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 6.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.32 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 2.25. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 58 base hits and 20 earned runs. They have allowed 3 home runs this season and they allow 0.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 23 batters and struck out 74. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.01 and their FIP as a unit is 2.83.
As a team, Chicago is batting .241, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .355 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.22 hits per game. Jose Abreu comes into this game hitting .290 and his on-base percentage is at .410. He has 9 hits this season along with 4 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 5 times. Todd Frazier is hitting .162 and he has an on-base percentage of .205. He has totaled 6 hits so far while scoring 4 runs and he's driven in 6. He has walked 2 times and has struck out 7 times. The White Sox have 74 hits, including 9 doubles and 8 home runs. They've stolen 2 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Chicago has walked 21 times this season and they've struck out 65 times as a unit. They've left 62 men on base and have a team OPS of .651. They score 3.78 runs per contest and have scored a total of 34 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 3-4 home record and a 3-6 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.00, Erasmo Ramirez has a 1-0 record and a 0.83 WHIP. He has 6 strikeouts over the 6 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 5 hits. He has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.38. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.39 and they have given up 19 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 21 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.64 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 73 base knocks and 33 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 15 home runs this year and they give up 1.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 22 hitters and struck out 85. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 4.40.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .212 average at home. The Rays hold a .346 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .269 which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 6.67 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .289. He has 10 hits this year along with 5 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 7 times and has walked on 1 occasions. Logan Forsythe is hitting .229 and he has an OBP of .289. He has collected 8 hits so far while he's scored 4 runs and drove in 4. He has earned a walk 3 times and has punched out 10 times. The Rays as a unit have 60 base hits, including 9 doubles and 10 homers. They have 3 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 20 times this year and they have struck out 80 times. They've had 52 men left on base and have an OPS of .615. They score 2.67 runs per game and have totaled 24 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 2-5-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 6-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 1-6-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 2-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
No key injuries to report
Tampa Bay Rays
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brad Boxberge Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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