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

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Sunday May 19, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
St. Louis Cardinals -157 / Texas Rangers +144 -- O/U: 11.5
TV Channel
FS-Midwest, FS-Southwest
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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers meet in the rubber match of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Sunday afternoon.

The St. Louis Cardinals will look to win the series after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 8-2. Paul DeJong had a home run, a double and four RBIs while Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina each went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Marcell Ozuna and Jose Martinez each added base hits as well to cap off St. Louis’ scoring as a team in the win while Harrison Bader went 2 for 4 at the dish to finish off the Cardinals’ offense in the victory. Dakota Hudson got the win to improve to 3-3 on the year after allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Jack Flaherty will start the finale and is 4-3 with a 4.34 ERA and 53 strikeouts this season. This will be Flaherty’s first career start against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back after dropping game two on Saturday. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI while Willie Calhoun added an RBI of his own to round out Texas’ scoring as a team in the loss. Ronald Guzman went 2 for 4 while Joey Gallo added a base knock of his own to cap off Texas’ scoring as a team in the losing effort. Ariel Jurado took the loss, falling to 1-2 on the year after allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out four over 4.1 innings of work. Drew Smyly will start game three and is 0-3 with a 6.85 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. This will be Smyly’s first career start against St. Louis.

St. Louis is 2-6 in Flaherty’s last 8 road starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall while the over is 9-3 in Flaherty’s last 12 starts overall. Texas is 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 1-4 in Smyly’s last 5 starts while the over is 14-6-1 in their last 21 games overall. The under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

We have yet another high total between these two teams for the finale, so it’s no wonder why the under has had so much success when these two lock up. However, I think Sunday’s matchup is the perfect storm for the game to go over the total. Flaherty has been a mixed bag when it comes to his results, but it’s not hard to see that he’s a much better pitcher at home than on the road, with 2.48 ERA at home compared to 7.23 on the road. On the other hand, Smyly still doesn’t look quite settled, giving up four runs in four of his last five starts. I like the offenses to come alive in the series finale on Sunday so I’ll side with the over.

Pick:
Over 11.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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