Series Preview 6/17-19: Rangers vs. Cardinals

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In a rematch of the 2011 World Series, the Rangers are visiting Busch Stadium for a three-game series this weekend with the Cardinals.

Michael Wacha will take the mound to open the series for the Cardinals. Wacha allowed two runs over seven sharp innings in his last start at PNC Park against the Pirates. He’ll look to hold off a Rangers offense that has started to heat up at the plate. Hurling for Texas will be Cole Hamels. Hamels was in charge of handling the Mariners in his last start and did so, allowing one earned run through seven frames.

In the second game of the series, Carlos Martinez will start for the home team. Martinez displayed the longest start of his career in his last outing, one where he went 8.1 innings at PNC Park and held the Pirates to one earned run. Cesar Ramos will take the mound for the Rangers. Ramos took on the Athletics in his last start and had a rough go of it, allowing six earned runs through 3.2 innings on eight hits and five walks.

The series finale will feature Mike Leake for the Cardinals. Leake faced Pittsburgh in his last outing and struck out six batters through seven innings of two-run ball. The Rangers will counter with Martin Perez. Perez allowed four earned runs in seven innings of work against Oakland in his last start.

Who’s hot?

TEX: Ian Desmond, center fielder. Over his last fifteen games, Desmond stole two bases and is batting .349 with two homers and thirteen RBIs.

STL: Yadier Molina, catcher. The Cardinals’ backstop has eleven hits in his last 25 at-bats with a pair of RBIs.

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