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Astros open as moneyline underdog vs Cubs

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July 24, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between Chicago and Houston on Sunday, with the host Cubs trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

Chicago sends Matt Garza out against Jordan Lyles for the Astros in this game. Garza is 4-7 with a 3.80 ERA on the season, while Lyles is 0-5 on the year and has a 4.55 ERA.

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Chicago sat as -175 favorites. The total was set at 999.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs sit at No. 13 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at a National League No. 11 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Chicago has the National League's No. 9-rated offensive output, at 9 hits per game. The Astros average 9 hits per game, good for No. 3 on the National League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 16 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 5-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -121 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-1 to Chicago on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Houston is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 9 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at St. Louis, Monday, July 25
Chi Cubs at Milwaukee, Tuesday, July 26

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