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Hamels Looks to Continue Road Dominance

The red-hot Texas Rangers will head to St. Louis tonight to open up an interleague series with the Cardinals. Veteran lefty Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.14 ERA) will handle pitching duties for the Rangers against a Michael Wacha (2-6, 4.91 ERA) that has been brutal in 2016.

  • The Cardinals have gone 6-7 with Michael Wacha as their starter.
  • Lefties are hitting .182 against Cole Hamels this year.
  • Texas is 20-5 in their last 25 games with Hamels as their starting pitcher.

St. Louis has been hiding in the shadow of the Chicago Cubs this season but has put together a solid 35-30 record in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. The favored team is 8-3 in these team’s last 11 matchups – this bodes well for the Redbirds, who are -175 favorites on Bovada to win the series. 

Hamels has been lights out on the road this year, posting a 4-0 record and 1.94 ERA in six starts at visiting stadiums and should give the Rangers, who have been hitting everything lately, a good shot to win as -102 favorites.

The total has gone OVER in ten of the Cardinals' last 14 games where the total has closed at eight and the total has gone OVER in seven of the Rangers' last nine games against teams with winning records. With the line set at -120, a bet on the OVER could prove profitable.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the St. Louis Cardinals in this matchup found them as 103 underdogs on the MLB money line at BetOnline. Betting the over under instead? It was 8 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.2-4.0 result in favor of the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Louis Cardinals sport a record of 35-30 heading into this matchup, while the Texas Rangers sit at 42-25 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Texas injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 11 (St. Louis Cardinals) and the No. 8 (Texas Rangers) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis Cardinals No. 2 ranked offense (5.43 runs per game) against a Texas Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 13 at 4.28 runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have been averaging 9.25 hits per game, more than the Texas Rangers have managed so far this season (9.07 hits on average).

Defensively, Texas features the No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.97 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 at home, scoring 4.67 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas rolled to a 5-1 win against Oakland on Thursday, as C Lewis and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

The Cardinals endured a 4-1 loss at the hands of the Astros on Wednesday, with A Wainwright throwing 7 innings of 4-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 5 games
  • Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at St. Louis, Saturday, June 18th