MLB Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay



2007-06-28

Just last Sunday the sky was falling on the South Side of Chicago as the White Sox had just lost three in a row to cross town rival the Cubs and fallen13 games below .500. Evidently playing indoors in a stale environment was just the tonic this White Sox needed as they go for sweep of Devil Rays.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he was tired of this listless club's performances and general manager Kenny Williams stated it might be time for a roster shakeup, since this mlb team could not hit or pitch properly. The Pale Hose headed to the west coast of Florida to face Tampa Bay and the gloom that had settled in was thicker then the wet sand on Clearwater Beach.

For baseball bettors the chances of Chicago even splitting this series were only slightly better than Baseball Betting Prospectus gives them of winning the American League Central. (0.013) Instead the Sox who had been losers of 22 of the last 27 games will instead seek first sweep of three or more games since Aug. 11-13 last season playing Detroit. "We've played good the last couple days," manager Ozzie Guillen said before last night's game. "We have to prove to Kenny and myself, we can make a run with this ballclub."

Chicago will hand the ball to Javier Vazquez, who is 3-5 (Sox 5-9 in his starts) with a 4.15 earned run average. Normally Vazquez has four average to better then average pitches he throws; however this season has been less effective in doing so. He is 8-16 against the money betting line in road games and less then reliable to continue winning streaks with 4-11 (-13.1 Units) mark after two or more consecutive wins by his team over the last two seasons. (White Sox Record) Vazquez general ineffectiveness and Chicago's inability to solve left-handed pitching this season are the largest reasons why they are a +121 underdog at Sportsbook.com.

The White Sox are 6-14 against lefty starters and have scored the fewest runs in major league baseball versus the portsiders at 3.5 runs per game. Tampa Bay will try to end their misery with 23-year-old Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.13). Kazmir's has electric stuff using a fastball, changeup and slider; he can dominate any game and go the distance if he can keep his pitch count down, which has been more of an issue this mlb season. The often overpowering left-hander is the owner of a very unusual fact. Kazmir has not won any of his last 13 starts at Tropicana Field (D-Rays 6-7), last posting a victory almost a year ago on July 3 against Boston in 3-0 complete game two hit shutout. With tonight's series finale hovering around 8.5, he and his Tampa teammates are 19-11 against the ML when the total is 8.5 to 10 over the last two mlb seasons.

Despite two of the worst bullpens in all of baseball, these teams have played Under three straight mlb games. In fact Chicago has a streak of seven straight below the total and is 29-14 UNDER as a road underdog of +100 to +125 in a season and a half. With the Pale Hose next to last in runs scored in major league baseball, Tampa Bay is 9-1 UNDER in home games vs. AL teams scoring 4.2 or less runs a game in 2007.

MLB.TV will broadcast this game live from Tampa and XM Radio 182 will provide the sound for those unable to watch starting at 7:10 Eastern. The Live Odds page will have all the movements on sides and totals on today's lighter card of 10 ballgames.

StatFox Power Line Tampa Bay -143

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