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Tampa Bay Rays vs. White Sox prediction and pick for Sunday's game. Handicapper Jason Radowitz breaks down today's game between these two AL squads and gives his pick. Make sure you tail.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs. White Sox Prediction: Can Rays find Offense against White Sox in Series Finale?

The Tampa Bay Rays have scored just four runs in their last two games against the Chicago White Sox, on the road. Meanwhile, the White Sox scored just two more runs than the Rays in those two games and ended up winning those two games, 3-2. Tampa Bay's offense is struggling a bit but with a solid matchup against right-handed pitcher Vince Velasquez, will that change?

Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Sunday's game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox.

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Rays vs. White Sox Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: April 17, 2022
  • Game Time: 2:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: NBCSCH, BSSUN

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Rays vs. White Sox Injury Report

Rays

None Of Importance

White Sox

Out: 3B Yoan Moncada (Oblique), OF AJ Pollock (Hamstring)

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Rays vs. White Sox Total Runs Movement

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox Prediction

The Tampa Bay Rays are usually that sneaky offense that can score against any pitcher that the opposition sends out. However, this season, the Rays have struggled a bit offensively and haven't looked all that great on the mound or in the field either. Eventually, things will change and I'm thinking it's going to be today. Vince Velasquez will take the hill for the White Sox and despite having a "good" day in his first start, there are areas for the Rays to attack in this game. Velasquez went four innings against the Mariners and allowed two hits, one run with three walks, two strikeouts, 10 fly balls, and two ground balls. Basically, Velasquez was average at best and escaped with just allowing one home run. For example, in that one game, Velasquez had an xFIPP of 9.64 with 11.8% strikeouts and 17.6% walks. And yet, he allowed just one run in four innings. Dating back to last season, Velasquez has a 5.24 xFIP with 11.5% walks. He's allowed a .381 wOBA to lefties with an ISO of .243 and righties have had similar success with a .347 wOBA and ISO of .292. The Rays will likely send out six lefties in the lineup including Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi. Both of those two have crazy power against righties with ISO numbers towering over .270 each. Meanwhile, the Rays will pitch JP Feyereisen. But he'll be an opener, giving Tommy Romero most of the bulk work. Romero struggled in his first start and the Rays are hoping they can get their young starting pitcher back on track using an opener for him. Therefore, I won't worry about that side of things. I'll worry about the Rays and their bats against Velasquez. I'll take the Rays Over 2 team total in the first five innings at -115.

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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