Tampa Bay Rays vs Chi. White Sox White Sox Picks and Predictions May 7th 2024

Tampa Bay Rays vs Chi. White Sox White Sox MLB Tue, May 7, 18:50 pm.
Tampa Bay Rays
ML: -275
Chi. White Sox White Sox
ML: 220

Rays Seek Further Success in Ongoing Clash with White Sox

Last night in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Rays came out swinging, snagging an 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. This win felt extra sweet after a rough patch they hit in a recent series in Chicago. Now, they’re all revved up to keep that winning vibe going in Tuesday’s game—the second of this three-game series.

Rays’ Stars on the Rise

Jonny DeLuca’s making some serious waves in Tampa’s lineup, knocking in 10 RBIs over just four games since bouncing back from the 10-day injured list. His recent streak includes clutch plays like a game-winning hit in extra innings on Sunday and a pivotal two-run homer Monday night.

Josh Lowe, back in action from his own stint on the injured list, put up a solid 2-for-5 night including a double. Post-game, Lowe shared, “I was really starting to turn the page and feel like I was getting hot with the bat,” showing he’s ready to make some big contributions to the Rays’ offense after shaking off a right oblique strain and hamstring issues.

Pitching Showdown: Eflin vs. Soroka

Tuesday’s game promises a fascinating pitching duel. Zach Eflin of the Rays, despite a rocky 1-4 record and a 4.17 ERA, is looking to shake off past struggles against the White Sox. He previously gave up five runs in a tough outing last April. Still, Eflin’s got a mixed track record with a decent 3.50 ERA over four career games against Chicago.

Facing him is Michael Soroka from the White Sox, whose season has been a bit shaky, marked by control problems. With a 0-3 record and a 6.48 ERA, Soroka’s handed out 19 walks in just over 33 innings, pushing his WHIP to a career-high 1.620. But, there’s hope yet, as his last performance hinted at better control, setting up some potential for improvement.

White Sox: Struggling but Hopeful

Chicago’s been struggling to hit their stride, as Monday’s game showed with their limited four-hit effort and a couple of costly errors. However, there’s a new spark on the horizon—Bryan Ramos, freshly called up from Double-A Birmingham, is already turning heads. “He’s here to play,” remarked manager Pedro Grifol, underscoring this crucial time to see what Ramos can bring to the big leagues.

Anticipation for Game Two

With both teams gearing up for their next showdown, the Rays are looking to ride their current wave of success, while the White Sox are aiming to flip their fortunes. With key players bouncing back from injuries and a crucial pitching match on the docket, Tuesday’s game is shaping up to be a key moment in this series.

This matchup isn’t just crucial for the season’s direction for both teams; it also shines a spotlight on the personal highs and lows of both emerging talents and seasoned pros as they tackle the challenges of a demanding MLB season.

Docsports, The most trusted name in sports handicapping
Tue, May 7, 15:14 pm.
Tampa Bay Rays
O 7.5
Chi. White Sox White Sox
U 7.5
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