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Baseball odds preview - Houston vs. Chicago

Houston AstrosChicago Cubs
Aug 15, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Wrigley Field on Wednesday as host Chicago battles the Houston Astros in baseball odds action.

Bud Norris gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 5-9 on the season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will counter with Justin Germano, who will be looking to improve on his 1-1 mark.

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Cubs as -125 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 999.

Power Rankings:
The Cubs - Astros odds would favor the Cubs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Chicago is rated No. 15 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 16 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Chicago and its National League No. 15-rated batting order, averaging 3.7 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 13 lineup of the Astros at 3.8 runs per outing.

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.9 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Houston won its last outing, a 10-1 result against the Cubs on August 14. Bettors who backed the Astros at +110 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Houston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Cubs, a 10-1 final on Tuesday in support of Lucas Harrell at Wrigley Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 0-10
Before playing Arizona are 2-8
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 3-7

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Houston's last 18 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games when playing at home against Houston
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Chi Cubs' last 18 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Arizona, Friday, August 17
Chi Cubs at Cincinnati, Friday, August 17