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MLB Betting - Chicago White Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

For the first time in Major League Baseball history, playoff MLB betting will be played at Tropicana Field on Thursday afternoon.

This will give MLB betting fans a chance to get in on the action when the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays (97-65) play the first of their best-of-five series with the AL Central champion Chicago White Sox (89-74).

After back-to-back disappointing seasons for Rays bettors, Tampa Bay burst onto the scene by netting a whopping $2,796 of profit on the year, the best mark in the bigs. $2,701 of that was at the Trop, where the Rays went 57-24. Though not nearly as good as Tampa Bay, the White Sox were no slouches for baseball betting fans either.

They won $825 on the year, but were very disappointing away from Chicago, going 35-46 and dropping upwards of $900 for its betting backers according to the closing MLB odds.

The Rays got the best of the White sox this season winning six of the 10 overall meetings, which includes a three-game home sweep at Tropicana Field back in early June. The Sox will look to Javier Vazquez on short rest for his third straight start.

The normally reliable righty was inconsistent in ’08, going 12-16 with a 4.67 ERA in 33 starts for manager Ozzie Guillen’s Palehose. In his L/8 starts, Vazquez has been awful, going just 2-6 with a 5.89 ERA costing Chicago backers upwards of $530 per the closing baseball lines.

Vazquez has made two postseason starts with Chicago, going 0-1 with a 3.55 ERA. TB manager Joe Maddon will start RHP James Shields in the teams first ever playoff game. Tampa Bay went 22-11 in his 33 starts on the year, netting MLB betting followers upwards of $950 on the year.

The righty went 12-8 with a 3.85 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. At home, Shields was incredible going 9-2 with a 2.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 17 overall starts. The Rays currently sit as lofty -180 home favorites in this afternoon’s MLB wagering affair, with the ‘total’ sitting at 8.5 over -110.

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