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Matt Garza out to silence Astros bats in MLB contest

Houston AstrosChicago Cubs
June 21, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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The Houston Astros will look to grab an inter-league road victory when they take on the Cubs in Chicago at Wrigley Field on Friday in baseball action.

It's a pitching duel between Matt Garza for the Cubs (1-1 on the year) and Dallas Keuchel for Houston (4-2 so far).

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors were +-173 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 999 at GTbets.eu for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cubs at No. 8 in the National League and the Astros at No. 15 in the American League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 13 in the American League at 8.1 hits per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 11 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Houston features the American League's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the National League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

In their last action, Houston was a 7-4 winner at home against the Brewers. Bettors on Houston at +120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston needed extra innings to get the job done against the Brewers on Thursday as the Astros defeated them 7-4 at Minute Maid Park.

In their last action, Chicago was a 6-1 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -171 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 6-1 on Thursday behind a start from Lance Lynn at Busch Stadium.

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

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

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Houston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 11-4 SU in their last 15 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Chi Cubs' last 22 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Chi Cubs, Saturday, June 22