The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking to even their three-game set with the Texas Rangers Tuesday night after the Rangers scored a walkoff win in Monday’s series opener. St. Louis will try and stop the bleeding as they have lost four straight games, while the Rangers are headed in the opposite direction, having won four straight. Texas is listed at -150, while the Cardinals check in at +130.
St. Louis Looking to Snap Four-Game Skid
The St. Louis Cardinals come into play with a record of 25-36, good for fifth place in the National League Central, eight games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the division standings. The Cardinals have lost four straight games and they have reverted back to the team that began the season 10-25.
The Cardinals are led offensively by second baseman Nolan Gorman, who is hitting .274 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI. First baseman and reigning MVP Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with a .294 batting average. St. Louis has three players with at least 10 home runs. They are hitting .251 as a team, good for 13th in MLB.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals will send lefthander Matthew Liberatore to the mound for his third start of the season. He has a record of 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. In 11 innings, Liberatore has struck out nine and walked six. In his previous outing, Liberatore went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two in a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
Rangers Looking to Keep Rolling
The Texas Rangers come into play with a record of 39-20, good for first place in the American League West, 3.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros in the division standings. Texas is playing outstanding baseball, having won four straight, and eight of their last 10 games.
The Rangers are led offensively by second baseman Marcus Semien, who is hitting .306 with nine home runs and 48 RBI. Right fielder Adolis Garcia is hitting .260 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Texas has two players with at least 10 home runs. They are hitting .271 as a team, which is tops in all of baseball.
On Tuesday, the Rangers will send righthander Dane Dunning to the mound to go for the series win. Dunning has a record of 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA. In 48 innings, Dunning has struck out 32 hitters, walked 11, and has not allowed a home run this season. In his previous outing, Dunning went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one in a 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
St. Louis Cardinals at Texas Rangers Betting Prediction
This matchup seems like a mismatch on paper. Liberatore is making just his third start of the season for a Cardinals team that is not playing well at all. Meanwhile, the Rangers are playing with the confidence of a team that is destined for a deep playoff run.
They have won four straight games, and they have a record of 20-8 at home. Couple that with the Cardinals’ 13-20 road record and you have a recipe for another St. Louis loss. Expect Gorman to be back in the St. Louis lineup Tuesday, so that may swing things, but the Cardinals need to get a solid performance out of Liberatore. Expect him to go 4-5 innings. That will not be good enough, take the Rangers -150 in this one.
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