Moneyline favors Rangers in battle with Cubs
Texas Rangers vs Chicago Cubs Odds
Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Monday as the Rangers of Texas swing away against the Cubs of Chicago.
For the Cubs, Scott Feldman gets the ball, charged with keeping the Rangers hitters off the base paths. He'll face Nick Tepesech, 2-2 on the year.
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Cubs as +110 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 999 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 8 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Rangers, who rate an American League No. 8 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 11 ranked National League offense (3.6 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the American League at 3.2 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).
Defensively, Texas features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the National League at home, scoring 4.7 runs per game.
Last time out for Texas, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Red Sox at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -162 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Texas hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 14-strikeout performance from Yu Darvish - will prevail again after their 4-3 victory against Boston at Rangers Ballpark.
In their last action, Chicago was a 7-4 loser at home against the Reds. Bettors on Cincinnati at -142 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Chicago looks to rebound from a loss to the Reds, who beat them 7-4 on Sunday behind a start from Mat Latos at Wrigley Field.
Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing Milwaukee are 4-2
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 7-3
Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
A few Rangers at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
Texas is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Texas' last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games at home
Chi Cubs are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games
Texas at Milwaukee, Tuesday, May 7
Chi Cubs home to St. Louis, Tuesday, May 7