White Sox vs Rays Prediction - MLB Picks 4/21/23

Tampa Bay Rays (16-3) vs Chicago White Sox (7-12)

Game Info: Friday, April 21, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Tropicana Field)

Calvin Faucher (0-0) (4.15) vs Michael Kopech (0-2) (6.32)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Rays -175 / Chicago White Sox +145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Chicago White Sox will play the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night in Game 1 of their series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

White Sox Preview

The Chicago White Sox are 7-12 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Chicago is coming off of a series loss to Philadelphia, where they lost two out of the three games played. The Chicago pitching staff has a 5.44 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and a .264 opponent batting average this season. The White Sox offense has scored 83 runs with a .251 batting average and a .304 on base percentage. Andrew Vaughn is batting .273 with one home run and 14 RBI’s for the White Sox. The projected starting pitcher for Chicago is Michael Kopech, who is 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP over 15.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rays Preview

The Tampa Bay Rays are 16-3 this season and they have won three of their last four games. Tampa Bay is coming off of a series win against the Reds, where they won two out of three games. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a 2.57 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a .195 opponent batting average. The Rays offense has scored 133 runs with a .288 batting average and a .360 on base percentage this season. Randy Arozarena is batting .333 with four home runs and 18 RBI’s for the Rays. The projected starting pitcher for Tampa Bay is Calvin Faucher, who is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 8.2 innings pitched this season.

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Chicago is 2-6 in their last 8 games and 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games. The over is 3-1-1 in Chicago’s last 5 Friday games. Tampa Bay is 16-5 in their last 21 games and 39-15 in their last 54 home games. The over is 6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 home games. The over is 7-3 in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings.


Tampa Bay has been the best team in the MLB so far this season and they will be at home for this game. The Rays out scored Cincinnati by a total of 18-0 in the last two games of their series. Chicago has lost three of their last four games and will have Michael Kopech on the mound, who has pitched much better in his last two starts. The Rays will start Calvin Faucher, who will only pitch one or two innings. I like the over in this game. 

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