The Texas Rangers will play host to the St. Louis Cardinals at Globe Life Park. The opening pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET and Fox Sports Midwest is in line to televise this interleague showdown.
St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers Odds
The Cardinals are 23-21 SU and have gone 24-19 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors through the early part of the year, despite having gained 5.8 units ATS. St. Louis has covered the spread only twice over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 19-22 SU and 22-18 ATS. The team has gained 1.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 0.1 units ATS. Texas has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the total has gone over in four of those seven.
Texas games have an over/under record of 24-15-1 so far in 2019. The Cardinals have an over/under record of 22-18-3.
Right-hander Miles Mikolas is projected to start for St. Louis. Mikolas (4-3, 3.83 ERA) has recorded 35 punchouts in 54 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.
The Rangers are turning to righty Jose Leclerc (1-1, 6.32 ERA), who has 22 punchouts and 13 walks, along with a 1.79 WHIP. Leclerc did not register a start against the Cardinals in 2018.
Texas’ pitchers have yielded 5.6 runs per game overall in 2019 as a unit. The team’s starters have a 5.69 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.87 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 7.3 K/9.
The Texas offense is putting up 5.9 runs per outing, including 6.1 per game over its last 10 games and 7.2 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .316/.380/.591 over its last five games and is 2-3 SU during that stretch.
The Rangers’ offense has 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 steals, and Choo is batting .288 with five homers, 15 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
For the visitors, St. Louis’ pitchers have allowed 4.6 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 4.42 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 7.77 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 4.30, along with a K/9 of 10.63.
The Cardinals offense has slashed .258/.343/.423 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game this season, including 4.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.6 per game over the team’s last five contests (1-4 SU).
Shortstop Paul DeJong and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have led St. Louis’ offense. DeJong is slashing .313/.406/.542 with seven home runs, 19 RBIs and 36 runs scored, while Goldschmidt is hitting .269/.359/.468 with 10 homers, 23 RBIs and 29 runs scored.
The Cardinals have gained 2.3 units and are 21-15 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in 18 of those games, as opposed to 16 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 3.6 units and are 16-13 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 17 of those games, compared to 12 which went under the total.
Cardinals at Rangers Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Cardinals, O/U – OVER
- The over has hit in four of Texas’ last seven games.
- The Cardinals have hit 12 home runs in their last 10 games, including eight over their last five.
- The Cardinals have a total OPS of .765 this season and an OPS of .780 when facing right-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .802 overall and .823 versus righties.
- St. Louis has posted 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 games and 19.4 over its last five.
- The Cardinals have dropped five of their last six games SU.