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Baseball odds preview - Texas vs. Chicago

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April 16, 8:05 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Texas Rangers vs Chicago Cubs Odds

8-5TEAM RECORD4-8

Chicago's pitching staff and batting order hope to create an unwelcoming environment in interleague play on Tuesday when the Texas Rangers pay a visit to Wrigley Field.

Derek Holland gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Rangers on this day; he's 0-1 on the season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will counter with Travis Wood, who will be looking to improve on his 1-0 mark.

View Texas vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors were 108 moneyline favorites 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 MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cubs rated this week at No. 4 and the Rangers sitting at No. 14.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 11 ranked National League offense (3.5 runs per game) against a Rangers defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the American League at 3 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 7.5 hits per game, less than the Rangers have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Texas brings the American League's No. 2-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cubs' league No. 10-ranked defense.

In their last action, Texas was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Mariners. Bettors on Seattle at +120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Rangers endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Mariners on Sunday, with Nick Tepesch throwing 5 2/3 innings of 9-hit ball at Safeco Field.

The Cubs were a 10-7 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Giants. That made winners of bettors who got San Francisco at -107 on the moneyline, while the total score (17) was good news for OVER bettors. Chicago lost a tight one on Sunday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 10-7 score against San Francisco at Wrigley Field.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-4
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Texas are 3-6
After playing San Francisco are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

A few Rangers at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Texas is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 4-12 SU in their last 16 games at home

Next up:
Texas at Chi Cubs, Wednesday, April 17

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