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2023 MLB Handicapping – Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros
(19-21) Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros (21-19)
Date: Tuesday, May 16th
Time: 8:10 ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park Houston, TX
Projected Starting Pitchers: Justin Steele vs. Cristian Javier
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +139 | Astros -163 (Bet Now!)
Today’s MLB Run Line Betting Odds: Cubs +1.5 | Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 7.5
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Heading into the game, the Cubs are riding a two game losing streak and have a record of 19-21. Currently, they are 3rd in the NL Central. On the road, the team is 8-10 while going 11-11 at home.
Chicago’s record against the runline currently stands at 22-18 on an average run differential of 0.7. Their over/under is currently 19-20 with an average of 8.9 combined runs per contest.
So far on offense, the Cubs are averaging 4.8 runs per game (9th). Currently, their combined batting average is 9th in the MLB at .265 to go along with an OPS of .760, placing them 7th.
In terms of strikeouts, they are 18th having struck out a total of 18th times and have generated 147 walks.
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So far this season, the Astros have an above record of 21-19 placing them 2nd in the AL West. On the road, the team is 13-8 while going 8-11 at home.
Houston’s record against the runline currently stands at 19-21 on an average run differential of 0.6. Their over/under is currently 19-20 with an average of 8.0 combined runs per contest.
On offense, the Cubs come into the game with a batting average of .265 and an OBP of .760 placing them 5th and 7th, respectively. Currently, Chicago is 12th in home runs and 9th in RBI’s.
In terms of slugging percentage, the Cubs are at .422 (9th) and 17th in isolated power.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Matchup
The Cubs will turn to Justin Steele as their starter for today’s game. Through eight appearances, he has an ERA of 1.82 and record of 6-0. So far, his batting average allowed is .216 to go along with an OBP allowed of .277.
Steele’s current strikeout to walk ratio stands at 39/14. In terms of home runs, he has given up two, and has a SLG allowed of .304.
The Astros will turn to Cristian Javier as their starter for today’s game. Through eight appearances, he has an ERA of 3.47 and record of 3-1. So far, his batting average allowed is .216 to go along with an OBP allowed of .258.
Javier’s current strikeout to walk ratio stands at 54/10. In terms of home runs, he has given up six, and has a SLG allowed of .404.
Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros MLB Baseball Betting Trends
- The Cubs head into the game having gone 2-8 straight-up in their last ten games on the road.
- The Cubs they are 3-7 vs. the runline in their previous ten games on the road.
- Conversely, the Astros are 6-4 over their last ten home games (straight-up).
- Furthermore, the Astros have a 3-7 mark vs. the runline across their last ten home games.
- Also, the Cubs are 2-1 in their last three games as the favorite. On the other hand, they are 1-2 as the underdog (last 3).
- The Astros have a record of 3-0 across their last three games when favored. As the underdog, they are 1-2 in their last three games.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros 4* Free MLB Betting Pick:
With the Cubs struggling this season on the road, I like the Astros to pick up a home win over Chicago. At -163 there is still decent value on the moneyline.
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