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Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3:05pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals will wrap up a three-game series when they square off at Globe Life Park in Texas on Sunday afternoon.

World Series rematch

The Cardinals visit Texas on Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game interleague series after defeating the Rangers for the first time since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. St. Louis prevailed 8-2 on Saturday to snap a seven-game regular-season slide against Texas while winning for only the fourth time in its last 16 games as it sets its sights on snapping a four-series losing streak. Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (.322) helped his team bust out by going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, improving to 4-for-8 in the series after going 2-for-13 in his previous four games. St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter raised his career interleague average to .323 after a 2-for-5 performance following a 3-for-23 stretch over his previous seven contests.

Right-hander Jack Flaherty (4-3, 4.34 ERA) is taking the mound for St. Louis on Sunday.
Flaherty allowed three runs–all in the fifth inning–along with three hits and five walks in 6.0 innings of a 14-3 victory at Atlanta on Tuesday. The 23-year-old has given up 21 of his 24 runs this season in six of his 47.2 innings. Flaherty, who has never faced Texas, has struck out 53 with a 1.28 WHIP and .240 batting average against in 2019.

Not how he Drew it up

Texas, which is 5-1-1 in seven home sets this season, had outscored its foes 29-5 during a three-game winning streak before getting shut down Saturday. Left fielder Willie Calhoun went 1-for-4 and is 9-for-20 with two home runs and five RBIs in four games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Flaherty will try to avoid any big innings when he takes the ball on Saturday opposite Drew Smyly, whose start was pushed back two days after he sustained a sprained ankle in his last start.

Smyly (0-3, 6.85 ERA) allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and four walks in 4.2 innings of an 11-4 loss at Houston on May 11. The 29-year-old has yielded four runs in four of his six starts this season with a trip to the injured list (nerve tightness in left arm) occurring between outings four and five. Smyly, who has never faced St. Louis, has surrendered six home runs among 25 hits with 16 walks and 27 strikeouts in 23.2 innings this season.

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For the most part Flaherty has been good in 2019; just a random inning gets away from him every now and then. Texas is unlikely to engineer such an inning. Meanwhile, Smyly is an obvious candidate to get rocked by DeJong and company. The Rangers are 1-5 in their last six following a loss and 1-5 in Smyly’s last six starts against winning opponents.

Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals

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Neither pitcher is exactly setting the world on fire at the moment. With Trout and Ohtani in impressive form, runs should not be too hard to come by. The over is 9-3 in Flaherty’s last 12 starts and 5-1 in his last six road starts. It is also 9-4 in the Rangers’ last 13 interleague contests, 12-5-1 in their last 18 against winning opponents, and 10-3 in their last 13 against the National League Central. Look for this one to go over the total.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Winners & Whiners Staff, he worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.