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Baseball odds preview - Houston vs. Chicago

Houston AstrosChicago Cubs
July 1, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

32-46TEAM RECORD28-49

Chicago will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Houston Astros pay a visit to Wrigley Field.

It's a pitching duel between Travis Wood for the Cubs (2-3 on the year) and Wandy Rodriguez for Houston (6-5 so far).

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cubs were listed as -115 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 999 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 14-rated Cubs and the league No. 16-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 11 in the National League at 8.3 hits per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 10 ranking in that category.

Chicago owns the National League's No. 14 defense, allowing 4.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's National League No. 15-rated defense.

In their last action, Houston was a 3-2 loser on the road against the Cubs. Bettors on Chicago at -143 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Astros were saddled with a loss last time out in J.A. Happ's start, as they lost 3-2 against Chicago on Saturday at Wrigley Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Atlanta are 5-5
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Houston's last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Monday, July 2
Chi Cubs at Atlanta, Monday, July 2