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April 17, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Texas Rangers vs Chicago Cubs Odds

9-5TEAM RECORD4-9

Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Wednesday as the Rangers of Texas swing away against the Cubs of Chicago.

The Cubs will rely on Carlos Villanueva to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Justin Grimm will be his counterpart for the Rangers. Carlos Villanueva is 0-0 this season, and Justin Grimm is 0-0.

View Texas vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rangers listed as underdogs of -106 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Cubs) and the No. 14 (Rangers) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Chicago owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 7.4 per game. By contrast, the Rangers are rated No. 9 in the same category at 8.3 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

The Rangers were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -127 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Rangers grabbed a win last time out, defeating Travis Wood and the Cubs 4-2 on Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Chi Cubs are 7-2
After a win are 4-6

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing Texas are 5-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Rangers at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas' last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Texas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing Texas
Chi Cubs are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games when playing Texas
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Chi Cubs, Thursday, April 18

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