The Chicago White Sox (27-22) and Tampa Bay Rays (29-20) will continue a three-game American League series on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago will try to extend its longest win streak of the season to seven games, capturing a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in the series opener on Monday afternoon. The White Sox have won 10 of their last 11 games to move within a half-game of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central standings. Designated hitter Adam Dunn has been one player that has led the charge offensively, hitting 11 home runs this month, while first baseman Paul Konerko is batting .540 during his 14-game hitting streak. Chicago is 3-1 as a road underdog of +125 to +150.
White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber (1-2, 5.80 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins for the first time during the 2012 MLB season, but hasn’t earned a decision in either outing. The right-hander has allowed seven runs and 11 hits over 10.2 combined innings against the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins. He will be making his fourth road start, producing an even 1-1 record and 5.09 ERA, with opponents hitting just .212 against him. In three career games (two starts) versus the Rays, Humber has gone 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA, with two appearances occurring at this venue.
Tampa Bay dropped to 3-9 all-time when playing on Memorial Day, as the club is now 27-32 all-time against Chicago when playing inside its home ball park. The Rays have dropped two of their last three games overall, with each of those contests decided by a single run. The two teams split eight meetings in 2011, but the Rays were outscored by a total of seven runs. Tampa Bay is 10-9 following a loss this year, while the “under” is 14-9 at home.
Rays starting pitcher James Shields (6-2, 3.63 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last five outings, picking up a no decision in a 5-4 home win over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out. He allowed three runs (two earned) and seven hits over 7.1 innings in that effort. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA in five home starts, issuing 13 walks and fanning 39 in 32.1 frames. In nine career starts versus the White Sox, Shields has produced a 3-2 record and 4.70 ERA, including a 1-0 mark and 3.60 ERA in two outings last year.
Bettors will likely back the Rays due to their 4-1 mark in Shields’ last five home starts in this series, while the White Sox are 1-5 in their last six games as a road underdog of +151 to +200
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays -165
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