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.
The St. Louis Cardinals are:
- 6-2 in their last eight games against teams with losing records
- 5-2 in their last seven road games against teams with losing records
The Texas Rangers are:
- 3-7 in their last 10 interleague home games
- 3-10 in their last 13 games after allowing at least five runs in their previous game
- 1-5 in Smyly’s last six starts