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World Series Betting: Rangers vs. Cards

The Texas Rangers will travel to St. Louis for Wednesday night to take on the Cardinals in the first game of the 2011 World Series.

The Cardinals will have home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to their league's win in the All-Star Game this past summer. Chris Carpenter is expected to start for St. Louis in the opener with CJ Wilson firing for the favored Rangers.

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Texas remains the early -150 series favorite and Albert Pujols checks in with the best World Series MVP odds.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Cardinals as -126 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals sit at No. 5 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Rangers sit at an American League No. 1 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, St. Louis owns the No. 1 ranking for hits in the National League at 9.3 per game. By contrast, the Rangers are rated No. 2 in the same category at 9.9 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

The Cardinals were a 12-6 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +114 on the moneyline, while the total score (18) was good news for OVER bettors. The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Shaun Marcum and the Brewers 12-6 on Sunday at Miller Park.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 2-1
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 1-2
After playing Milwaukee are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

A few Rangers at Cardinals trends to consider:
Texas is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas' last 5 games
Texas is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas' last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis' last 14 games

Next up:
Texas at St. Louis, Thursday, October 20