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Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 5/18/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Saturday May 18, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, Texas
The Line
Texas Rangers +133 / St. Louis Cardinals -143 O/U: 11.5
TV Channel
FSSW, FSMW
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers will match up on the MLB circuit Saturday for game two of their set.

In the opener Friday, the Rangers scored seven runs in the second inning and rode the wave to a 7-3 victory.

For Saturday’s game, the Cardinals will be sending out Dakota Hudson in the start. In his 41.0 innings and 2-3 mark so far, Hudson has a 4.61 ERA with 31 Ks and 20 BBs.

St. Louis managed nine hits in the Friday loss, capped by Paul DeJong and Jose Martinez, who each logged two knocks.

Over on the Rangers’ side, they’re going with Jesse Chavez on Saturday. In his 20.1 innings and 0-1 mark so far, Chavez has a 6.20 ERA with 16 Ks and eight BBs.

Texas’ offense produced 11 hits on Friday, and Rougned Odor logged a three-run homer. Shin-Soo Choo put up a two-run homer as well.

The Cardinals are 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games and 0-4 in their last four in game two of a series. The over is 4-1-1 in Hudson’s last six starts overall and 4-1-1 in his last six on grass.

Meanwhile, the Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven versus a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30 and the over is 4-0 in their last four Saturday games. The over is 5-2-1 in Texas’ last eight in game two of a series as well.

Hudson has been solid for the last month or so, and during his last five starts he hasn’t given up more than three earned in any outing—and has gone at least 5.0 innings in all of them.

As for Chavez, he had some troubles starting things out but in his last five appearances has given up zero earned on four hits.

That said, I doubt Chavez will stay in here long so the Cardinals have a good opportunity to jump on the bullpen early. I’m going St. Louis.

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals -143

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