Thursday, September 29, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Jose Quintana
The Tampa Bay Rays visit U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Chris Archer for the Rays and Jose Quintana for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +120 and Chicago at -130. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rays have a 77-72-8 over/under record and a 73-84-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The White Sox are 81-76-0 against the run line and have a 76-74-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 65-92 record, including 29-47 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 8-19 record with an earned run average of 4.02 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 228 strikeouts over his 194.2 innings pitched and he has given up 177 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.78. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 477 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen while being struck out 447 times and walking 193 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.51 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 1,358 base hits and 653 earned runs. They have allowed 204 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 479 batters and struck out 1,307. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.27.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .244, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .254 average away from home. The Rays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.27 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .321. He has 168 hits this season along with 80 runs scored and 95 runs batted in. He's struck out 140 times and has walked 42 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .268 and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 132 hits so far while scoring 76 runs and he's driven in 52. He has walked 46 times and has struck out 123 times. The Rays have 1,297 hits, including 273 doubles and 214 home runs. They've stolen 58 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 36 times. Tampa Bay has walked 439 times this season and they've struck out 1,441 times as a unit. They've left 1,028 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 656 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 43-33 home record and a 76-81 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.21, Jose Quintana has a 13-11 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 174 strikeouts over the 202 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 187 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.54. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.68 and they have given up 431 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 420 times and walking 215 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.84 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,388 base knocks and 640 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 180 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 505 hitters and struck out 1,221. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.29.
As a team, they are batting .258, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .264 average at home. The White Sox hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Melky Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .297 and he has an OBP of .347. He has 170 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 82 RBI. He's struck out 67 times and has walked on 46 occasions. Jose Abreu is hitting .297 and he has an OBP of .353. He has collected 181 hits so far while he's scored 67 runs and drove in 98. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 122 times. The White Sox as a unit have 1,393 base hits, including 269 doubles and 164 homers. They have 76 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 35 times. Chicago as a team has walked 442 times this year and they have struck out 1,243 times. They've had 1,073 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.28 runs per game and have totaled 672 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 77-72-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 73-84-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 76-74-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 81-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/28/16 2B Nick Franklin Hamstring "?" Wednesday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/27/16 CF Kevin Kiermaier Wrist "?" Wednesday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/23/16 RF Steven Souza Hip 60-day DL (9/22); out for season
09/17/16 1B Logan Morrison Wrist 60-day DL (9/16)
09/07/16 SS Matt Duffy Heel out for season
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3); out for season
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
Chicago White Sox
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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