St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (42-25) at St. Louis Cardinals (35-30)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)
C Hamels (6-1) (3.14) vs. M Wacha (2-6) (4.91)
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals -107 / Texas Rangers -103 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Midwest, FS-Southwest
The Texas Rangers travel to Busch Stadium to battle the St. Louis Cardinals in interleague action.
The Texas Rangers formula for staying atop the American League West is simple…win. The Rangers continued to win with a 5-1 victory on Thursday behind starter Colby Lewis who carried a no hitter in to the 9th before allowing two hits and a run in a complete game performance. The Texas offense did their damage on nine hits and three bases on balls with Ian Desmond going 2-3 with a solo jack and a pair of runs while Adrian Beltre went 3-5 with two RBI’s and a run. Texas is slated to start veteran Cole Hamels in game one of their series at Busch Stadium. Hamels comes off a 6-4 win at Seattle where he allowed one run on a solo jack over seven innings.
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The St. Louis Cardinals appeared to be finally finding their groove and whether they have or not is a wait and see scenario. The Cardinals have won five straight before suffering back to back defeats to visiting Houston after blowing a late lead in a 4-1 defeat on Wednesday. Cards starter Adam Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings an left with a 1-0 lead before Kevin Siegrist served up a two run homer in the 8th with Trevor Rosenthal gave up two more in the 9th in a stellar effort from the pen. Greg Garcia drove in Yadier Molina with the lone run as the Redbirds were held to eight hits. Michael Wacha toes the rubber for the first time ever against the visiting Rangers. Wacha was a 9-3 winner at Pittsburgh last time out with a pair of runs scored on three hits and three BB in seven frames.
Texas are 19-7 in their last 26 overall and the under is 15-7-2 in their last 24 Friday games while the Rangers are 35-17 in their last 52 games on grass. The under is 15-4-2 in the Cardinals last 21 interleague games and St. Louis are 6-2 in their last 8 interleague games while going 2-6 in their last 8 Friday games. You just can’t expect Texas to win at such a torrid pace but better odds are tough to turn down with this team…