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July 22, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The Houston Astros will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Friday in baseball odds action.

Carlos Zambrano gets the call for the Chicago Cubs and he will try to build on a 6-5 mark. In the other dugout, Bud Norris brings a 5-6 ledger to the game for the Astros as he tries to quiet the Cubs bats.

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Astros were listed as +-150 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 11-rated Astros taking on the National League's No. 13-rated Cubs in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Chicago's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Cubs have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, almost the same as the Astros hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

The Astros were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Nationals. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Washington 3-2 in extra innings at Minute Maid Park.

The Cubs were a 9-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -115 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cubs endured a 9-1 loss at the hands of the Phillies on Wednesday, with Ryan Dempster throwing 3 innings of 7-hit ball at Wrigley Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Washington are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Houston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games

Next up:
Houston at Chi Cubs, Saturday, July 23

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