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2023 MLB Handicapping – Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros
(19-22) Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros (22-19)
Date: Wednesday, May 17th
Time: 8:10 ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park Houston, TX
Projected Starting Pitchers: Drew Smyly vs. J.P. France
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cubs +135 | Astros -158 (Bet Now!)
Today’s MLB Run Line Betting Odds: Cubs +1.5 | Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 9
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Heading into the game, the Cubs are riding a three game losing streak and have a record of 19-22. Currently, they are 3rd in the NL Central. On the road, the team is 8-11 while going 11-11 at home.
Chicago’s record against the runline currently stands at 22-19 on an average run differential of 0.7. Their over/under is currently 20-20 with an average of 9.0 combined runs per contest.
On offense, the Cubs come into the game with a batting average of .264 and an OBP of .757 placing them 5th and 9th, respectively. Currently, Chicago is 11th in home runs and 10th in RBI’s.
In terms of slugging percentage, the Cubs are at .420 (11th) and 17th in isolated power.
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Heading into the game, the Astros are riding a two game winning streak and have a record of 22-19. Currently, they are 2nd in the AL West. On the road, the team is 13-8 while going 9-11 at home.
Houston’s record against the runline currently stands at 20-21 on an average run differential of 0.6. Their over/under is currently 20-20 with an average of 8.0 combined runs per contest.
So far on offense, the Cubs are averaging 4.8 runs per game (12th). Currently, their combined batting average is 10th in the MLB at .264 to go along with an OPS of .757, placing them 9th.
In terms of strikeouts, they are 21st having struck out a total of 21st times and have generated 150 walks.
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Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Matchup
The Cubs will turn to Drew Smyly as their starter for today’s game. Through eight appearances, he has an ERA of 3.04 and record of 4-1. So far, his batting average allowed is .205 to go along with an OBP allowed of .254.
Smyly’s current strikeout to walk ratio stands at 38/10. In terms of home runs, he has given up four, and has a SLG allowed of .342.
The Astros will turn to J.P. France as their starter for today’s game. Through two appearances, he has an ERA of 0.77 and record of 1-0. So far, his batting average allowed is .146 to go along with an OBP allowed of .205.
France’s current strikeout to walk ratio stands at 8/2. In terms of home runs, he has given up one, and has a SLG allowed of .244.
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 0-3 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:
Despite coming into today’s game as the road underdog, I like the value in taking the Cubs to win straight-up. Currently, the Astros are just 9-11 at home and are primed to drop another game vs. the Cubs.
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