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Tampa Bay2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 591
Chi White Sox0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 251
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  W: J. Feyereisen (3-0)   L: L. Lynn (7-2)   S: P. Fairbanks (3)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, June 14, 2021
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 18,024

White Sox, Rays set for showdown in Windy City

According to STATS
According to STATS

Tampa Bay Rays at Chicago White Sox

  1. Since 2016, the White Sox and Rays have met 25 times with Chicago leading the series 13-12. Eight of the 13 wins from the White Sox have been decided by one run while only three of the Rays' 12 wins have been decided by one run.
  2. The Rays average 2.00 more runs per game on the road this year (5.97) than at home (3.97), the largest such differential in the majors (where road average is higher). The Nationals are in second place with a difference of 1.18.
  3. The White Sox swept the Tigers over the weekend, going 3-0 with a run differential of +17, tying their highest differential in a series this season (also +17 against Kansas City in May). Their 15-2 win on Saturday was their largest winning margin this year.
  4. Randy Arozarena is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. It matches the longest hit streak of his career, an eight-gamer this April to open the 2021 season.
  5. Tim Anderson is hitting .341 in the month of June, up 69 points from his May average of .272. He has eight RBI and three stolen bases this month (in 10 games) compared to 12 RBI and four stolen bases in all of May (25 games).
  6. Tyler Glasnow pitched 7.0 innings his last start, giving up just one earned run while collecting 11 strikeouts. Lance Lynn has a 0.88 ERA over his last seven starts, going 5-0 and holding opponents to a .143 batting average.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/14/2021 thru 6/16/2021

First things first: The Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays lead their respective divisions and boast the top two records in the American League entering Monday's series opener in Chicago.

What's more, both clubs have excelled lately, with both sides winning six of seven.

"It should be a very fun series," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "They're a talented team. You kind of saw it coming over the last couple seasons. You saw the youth that they had, and now those guys have evolved. They added some big pieces. Their pitching has been tremendous."

Chicago has allowed two runs or fewer five times in the past seven games, and is coming off a three-game road sweep of the Detroit Tigers in which the White Sox outscored their opponents 24-7.

The White Sox will try to keep the run of brilliant pitching intact between right-hander Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23 ERA), who is 5-0 with a 0.88 ERA in his past seven starts.

Facing the Rays' American League East rival, the Toronto Blue Jays, on Wednesday, Lynn pitched seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball with zero walks and nine strikeouts.

The veteran has made a strong first impression on the White Sox organization and fan base after joining Chicago in an offseason trade with the Texas Rangers.

"When you come into a season with a team with this much talent and a chance to win, you make sure you get yourself ready to try to get to a whole new level," Lynn said. "The older I get in this game, the more I respect and enjoy these moments because you don't know when you're going to get them again."

Chicago won Sunday while resting shortstop and leadoff man Tim Anderson. Jose Abreu (RBI single) and Leury Garcia (RBI double) delivered big hits and left-hander Carlos Rodon took a bid for his second no-hitter of the season into the seventh inning.

Tampa Bay capped a three-game home sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with Sunday's 7-1 rout. Randy Arozarena smacked a grand slam while the bullpen contributed seven no-hit innings.

Rays relievers have compiled a 1.59 ERA in the past 17 games and lead the AL with a 3.05 ERA.

"We're the best bullpen, I think, in the league," said reliever Josh Fleming, who was part of Sunday's bullpen relay. "They're going to get it done."

Righty Tyler Glasnow (5-2, 2.57 ERA) is set to get the call for the Rays. Glasnow defeated the Washington Nationals in his most recent start Tuesday, pitching seven innings of one-run ball with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Lately, Glasnow hasn't needed much assistance from the bullpen; he has pitched at least seven innings in his past three starts and four of the last five.

"That's us, pitching and trying to prevent runs," Cash said. "That is what puts us in a position to where we have a chance to be special. Right now we're getting a lot of big hits."

Glasnow is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two career appearances against the Rays, including one start.

Lynn is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in six games against the Rays, including five starts.

–Field Level Media

Updated June 14, 2021

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