Rangers open 3-game series at home against St. Louis
St. Louis Cardinals (23-21, third in the NL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (19-22, fourth in the NL West)
Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Texas and St. Louis match up to begin a three-game series.
The Rangers are 12-7 on their home turf. Texas has hit 65 home runs this season, sixth in the American League. Joey Gallo leads the club with 13, averaging one every 10 at-bats.
The Cardinals are 9-12 on the road. St. Louis ranks third in the MLB in hitting with a .263 batting average, Jose Martinez leads the club with an average of .341. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Gallo leads the Rangers with 23 extra base hits and is slugging .654. Hunter Pence is 8-for-29 with three doubles, five home runs and 14 RBIs over the last 10 games for Texas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 4-6, .264 batting average, 5.46 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Cardinals: 3-7, .257 batting average, 5.59 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Rangers Injuries: Edinson Volquez: 60-day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: day-to-day (ankle), Yohander Mendez: 60-day IL (elbow), Shawn Kelley: 10-day IL (infection), Taylor Hearn: 10-day IL (elbow), Luke Farrell: 60-day IL (jaw), Scott Heineman: 60-day IL (shoulder), Elvis Andrus: 10-day IL (hamstring).