ST LOUIS vs. TEXAS 5/17/2019 MLB Odds, Pick & Preview

The ST LOUIS and the TEXAS will both be gunning for a victory on 5/17/2019 at 8:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

ST LOUIS vs TEXAS
GAME: St. Louis Cardinals (23-21) at Texas Rangers (19-22)
DATE/TIME: Friday, May 17 – 8:05 PM EST
WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

ROT TEAM PS OU RL
929 ST LOUIS ()
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(-110)  
930 TEXAS

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Southwest (Texas)
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PREDICTION: Cardinals 8, Rangers 4

Oddsmakers currently have the TEXAS listed as point favorites versus the ST LOUIS, while the game’s total is sitting at .

The Texas Rangers won their last two games by a cumulative 22-2 score and look to continue the onslaught when they open a three-game interleague series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Texas slugged five homers during a 21-hit assault on Thursday as it rolled to a 16-1 victory in Kansas City.

Joey Gallo and Willie Calhoun each homered during four-hit performances while Danny Santana also recorded four hits during Thursday’s romp. Rougned Odor belted two homers among his three hits and Hunter Pence launched his fifth blast in eight contests. St. Louis is struggling badly with 11 losses in 14 games after being pounded 10-2 in Atlanta on Thursday. Marcell Ozuna is just 5-for-40 over his last 10 games, but his homer on Thursday was his second in three contests.

Tony’s Pick TEAM
ST LOUIS

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Miles Mikolas (4-3, 3.83 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Jose Leclerc (1-1, 6.32)

Mikolas has allowed just three runs and 13 hits in 20 innings over his last three starts. The 30-year-old won the first two outings of the stretch before being a hard-luck loser his last time out, when he gave up two runs and three hits in seven frames against Pittsburgh. Mikolas, who never has faced the Rangers, didn’t fare well at Globe Life Park while pitching for Texas in 2014 as he went 0-4 with a 13.73 ERA in four starts.

The 25-year-old Leclerc, who recently lost the closer’s job, will work the first inning as the “opener” before giving way to Adrian Sampson. The 27-year-old Sampson is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA and has suffered the loss in each of his last two appearances, giving up 11 runs – 10 earned – and 16 hits over 8 1/3 innings. Sampson has served up seven homers in 36 frames, including three over his last two contests.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rangers LHP Drew Smyly (ankle) had his start pushed back from Friday to Sunday while RHP Shelby Miller, who originally was scheduled to start on Sunday, temporarily will be used in relief.

2. St. Louis plans to activate RHP Carlos Martinez (shoulder), who has yet to make his season debut, on Saturday.

3. Texas INF Logan Forsythe has gone 9-for-16 with five doubles, one triple and five RBIs over his last four games.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 8, Rangers 4

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