St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 5/19/2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jack Flaherty vs. Drew Smyly
Paul Goldschmidt and the St. Louis Cardinals (23-22, 4th in NL Central) go to Globe Life Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Texas Rangers (20-22, 3rd in AL West). The Cardinals open this matchup at -162 while the Rangers are coming in at +152. The over/under opens at 11.
The Cardinals have been a good bet for baseball bettors, having gone 23-22-0 SU. Texas covers 47.6% of the time, going 20-22-0 straight up. The Cardinals have been a good bet for baseball bettors as favorites, going 13-12-0 SU. Texas covers 41.2% of the time as the underdog, having gone 14-20-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a solid Over choice for O/U bettors, having gone 23-19-3.
The Cardinals cover 40.0% of the time as the road team, having gone 8-12-0 straight up.
Important Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Rangers cover 65.0% of the time at Globe Life Park, going 13-7-0 SU.
The Rangers have been a great Over choice for O/U bettors, having gone 25-16-1.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/17/19 P Mike Mayers Shoulder 10-day IL (04/16)
03/27/19 P Brett Cecil Arm 60-day IL (03/28)
03/27/19 RF Justin Williams Hand 10-day IL (03/25)
Key Texas Rangers Injuries
05/17/19 P Drew Smyly Ankle missed last game, is questionable for next start
05/15/19 SS Elvis Andrus Hamstring 10-day IL (05/15)
05/09/19 P Shawn Kelley Infection 10-day IL (05/06)
04/26/19 P Taylor Hearn Elbow 10-day IL (04/26)
04/13/19 P Edinson Volquez Elbow 60-day IL (04/05)
04/01/19 P Yohander Mendez Elbow 60-day IL (04/01)
03/25/19 P Luke Farrell Jaw 60-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 RF Scott Heineman Shoulder 60-day IL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 23-22 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jack Flaherty has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 4.34 and a WHIP of 1.28 this season. He has 53 strikeouts over his 47.2 innings pitched and he's given up 43 hits. He's allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.27. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 114 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the bullpen and they've struck out 189 hitters and walked 67 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.44. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 356 base hits and 195 earned runs. They have allowed 69 home runs this season, ranking them 3rd in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 162 batters and struck out 395. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.75.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .258, good for 5th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .340, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .263 with an on-base percentage of .352. He has 46 hits this season in 175 at bats with 24 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .457 and an OPS+ of 118. Paul DeJong is hitting .318 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .408. He has totaled 54 hits and he has driven in 19 men in 170 at bats. His OPS+ is 155 while his slugging percentage is at .541. The Cardinals have 393 hits, including 74 doubles and 56 home runs. St. Louis has walked 171 times so far this season and they have struck out 366 times as a unit. They have left 327 men on base and have a team OPS of .761. They score 5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 225 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Texas has a 20-22 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.85, Drew Smyly has a 0-3 record and a 1.73 WHIP. He has 27 strikeouts over the 23.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 25 hits. He's allowing 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.29. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.75 and they have given up 183 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the Rangers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 138 batters and walked 77 opposing hitters. As a team, Texas allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 5.21. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 403 base knocks and 215 earned runs this season. They have given up 58 home runs this year, which ranks 13th in Major League Baseball. Texas as a staff has walked 170 hitters and struck out 313 batters. They give up a walk 4.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.54 while their FIP as a staff is 5.01.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 8th in the league. The Rangers hold a .465 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .255 with an OBP of .316. He has 37 hits this year along with 22 RBI in 145 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .441 with an OPS+ of 94. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .394. He has collected 44 hits in 150 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 133 and a slugging percentage of .513. The Rangers as a unit have 370 base hits, including 83 doubles and 67 homers. Texas has walked 166 times this year and they have struck out on 419 occasions. They have had 279 men left on base and have an OPS of .804. They have scored 5.88 runs per game and totaled 247 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Rangers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rangers +152
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