Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays 8/22/21 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox
Date & Time: 8/22/2021, 5:10 PM UTC
Location: Tropicana Field
Address: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, USA
Latest Odds: TB -116 ; O/U 8.5

The Chicago White Sox headed into this game with a 72-51 overall record with one of the best offenses in the major leagues. The White Sox carried the 6th best scoring offense in baseball with 5.01 runs on 8.27 hits per game. Tim Anderson leads the team with a .303 batting average to go along with a team high 135 hits. Former MVP Jose Abreu boasts a team high 25 home runs to go along with 91 RBI's.

The White Sox will give the ball to right hander Reynaldo Lopez (2-0 1.08 ERA) Sunday afternoon against Tampa Bay. Lopez has allowed three earned runs on seven hits, while striking out 26 batters across 25 innings in 11 outings thus far this season.

The Tampa Bay Rays are 75-48 on the year after winning four of their last five games played. Michael Wacha got the start for Tampa Bay in game one of this series giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out nine batters across five innings of work resulting in a no contest. The Tampa Bay bullpen held true until JT Chargois came on in the 9th giving up one run to blow the save, before Andrew Kittredge gave up two runs on one hit in the top of the 11th resulting in the loss.

Tampa Bay struggled from the plate against Chicago with only five hits in 37 at bats, while going 2-10 with runners in scoring position to leave six men on base. Austin Meadows led the way for the Rays offense going 2-4 on the day to driving in 2 of the 5 Tampa Bay runs. Ji-Man Choi chipped in for the offense with a solo home run in the 2nd inning. 

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Betting Trends

  • CWS is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games 
  • CWS is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games against Tampa Bay
  • CWS is 5-2 SU in their last 7 road games 
  • Total has gone OVER in 4 of the last 5 games for Tampa Bay 
  • Tampa Bay is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games 
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Free MLB Pick: Chicago White Sox -105

Both of these teams are pushing toward the playoffs and will look to string together wins heading into the final month of the year. Each team has a potent lineup and this game will come down to pitching. The White Sox have the edge here with Lopez on the mound and he will lead the charge. Look for Chicago to continue to play well against the Rays leading to another win Sunday. Final Score Prediction, the Chicago White Sox win 5-1.


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