Scheduled for May 8th, 2024, at Tropicana Field, the Chicago White Sox will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a promising baseball encounter starting at 6:50 PM under clear skies.\n\nChris Flexen will lead the pitching for the White Sox, carrying an ERA of 4.854, while Aaron Civale will take the mound for the Rays with a higher ERA of 6.136. Looking at the 2024 AL Central Division standings, the White Sox currently sit at the bottom, 15th place with a record of 6-23, reflecting a .210 winning percentage. Their divisional struggles are evident with just 2 wins against 16 losses, ranking them last in their division. Over their last 10 games, they’ve managed 3 wins and are coming off a loss.\n\nConversely, the Tampa Bay Rays hold the 11th spot in the AL East Division standings with a more respectable record of 14-16, which translates to a .467 winning percentage. They are also positioned 5th in their division with a record of 3-4. The Rays have split their last 10 games evenly and are entering this game on a win, looking to build momentum. At home, they’ve experienced slight struggles with an 8-9 record, but their road games show a slightly better outcome at 6-7.\n\nAs for the betting odds, the White Sox are considered underdogs with a +193 money line, compared to the Rays’ favored status at -236. The game’s point spread is set at -1.5 favoring the home team, Rays, indicating expectations of a tightly contested game with the over/under total projected at 8.5 runs. These odds suggest that while the Rays are favored to win, the game could indeed present some closely matched innings, reflecting the unpredictability and excitement of league games at this level.