St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers Betting Preview

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The St. Louis Cardinals are set to do battle against the Texas Rangers in a Saturday showdown. This interleague showdown will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Midwest to catch the game.

St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers Odds

St. Louis (receiving -130) is the favorite against Texas (+120) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this afternoon game at 11.5 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total currently stand at -120 for the over and +100 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds sitting at +115 for the Cardinals -1.5 runs and -135 for the Rangers +1.5.

The Cardinals are 23-22 SU and have gone 24-20 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 1.4 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the season’s early going, despite having gained 3.9 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 20-22 SU and 23-18 ATS. The team’s gained 2.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 1.3 units ATS.

Rangers games have a 25-15-1 over/under record so far in 2019. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 23-18-3.

Dakota Hudson will get the nod for the visiting Cardinals. The right-handed Hudson is 2-3 with a 4.61 ERA and 31 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Rangers are putting the ball in the right hand of Ariel Jurado (1-1, 1.50 ERA), who has seven strikeouts and one walks as well as a 1.00 WHIP. Jurado did not re a start against the Cardinals in 2018.

Texas’ pitchers have yielded 5.5 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The team’s starters have an ERA of 5.66, a WHIP of 1.59 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.0. The bullpen has a 4.75 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 7.1 K/9.

The Texas offense is putting up 5.9 runs per contest, including 5.8 per game over its last 10 games and 7.8 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .330/.396/.613 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ hitters have been led by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is hitting .325/.373/.510 with six home runs, 26 RBIs, 25 runs and eight stolen bases, and Choo’s line sits at .293/.394/.513 with six homers, 17 RBIs and 28 runs.

In the visiting dugout, St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.7 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.66 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7.80 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.12, along with a K/9 of 10.81.

Cardinals hitters have slashed .258/.341/.421 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.5 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.0 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led St. Louis’ offense. DeJong is slashing .318/.408/.541 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Goldschmidt (.263/.352/.457) is up to 10 homers, 24 RBIs and 29 runs scored.

The Cardinals have gained 1.3 units and are 21-16 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this season. The over has hit in 19 of those games, as opposed to 16 that’ve gone under against righties. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 4.7 units and are 17-13 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 18 of those games, as opposed to 12 that’ve gone under.

Cardinals vs. Rangers MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Cardinals, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in four of Texas’ last seven games.
  • The Cardinals have a total OPS of .762 this season and an OPS of .776 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .805 overall and .834 against righties.
  • The Cardinals have dropped six of their last seven games SU.
  • Texas has posted 24 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 33 over its last five.
  • The Cardinals have hit 10 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.