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Houston Astros host Chicago Cubs in baseball action

Chicago CubsHouston Astros
May 23, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Odds

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The Chicago Cubs will look to grab a road win when they take on the Astros in Houston at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday in baseball odds action.

The Astros will turn to Wandy Rodriguez and his 3-4 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cubs send Jeff Samardzija (4-2) to the hill.

View Chi Cubs vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-140 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Astros sit at No. 8 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cubs sit at a National League No. 11 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the National League's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Cubs average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 11 on the National League list.

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5.1 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Chicago was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Astros. Bettors on Houston at -120 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss against Houston on Tuesday, as Travis Wood wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Minute Maid Park.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing LA Dodgers are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

A few Cubs at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 13 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Houston
Houston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston's last 15 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Pittsburgh, Friday, May 25
Houston at LA Dodgers, Friday, May 25