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Baseball odds preview - Chicago vs. Houston

Chicago CubsHouston Astros
May 21, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Odds

15-26TEAM RECORD18-23

The Houston Astros battle the visiting Chicago Cubs on Monday in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

Houston sends Bud Norris out against Matt Garza for the Cubs in this game. Norris is 4-1 with a 3.58 ERA on the season, while Garza is 2-1 on the year and has a 2.58 ERA.

View Chi Cubs vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Houston opened as -110 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 8 (Astros) and the No. 9 (Cubs) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 7-rated National League offense, averaging 4.1 runs per game, against a Cubs defense that ranks No. 13 in the National League at 4.5 in runs allowed per game. The Astros have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, more than Cubs batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Defensively, Chicago features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.1 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the National League at home, scoring 4.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Chicago was a 6-0 loser at home against the White Sox. Bettors on Chicago at -108 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Jake Peavy in a losing cause, 6-0, against Chicago on Sunday.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 6-1 loser as they battled the Rangers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at -162 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Rangers, who beat them 6-1 on Sunday behind a start from Colby Lewis at Minute Maid Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Chi White Sox are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 3-7
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cubs at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Chi Cubs' last 11 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games when playing Chi Cubs
Houston is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Houston, Tuesday, May 22