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Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

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April 12, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Odds


MLB wagering interest swings to the Houston vs Chicago battle on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park as the Astros try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

For the Astros, Brett Myers gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cubs hitters off the base paths. He'll face James Russel, 0-0 on the year.

View Chi Cubs vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Astros in this one will find them as -135 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8 at its open earlier today.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Houston's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Cubs offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Astros have averaged 9.1 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cubs hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Houston owns the National League's No. 16 defense, allowing 6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Chicago's National League No. 10-rated defense.

Last time out for Chicago, they were a 5-4 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cubs at -128 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Chicago looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Astros, a 5-4 final on Monday in support of Ryan Dempster at Minute Maid Park.

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

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

A few Cubs at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
Chi Cubs are 13-4 SU in their last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
Houston is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Houston, Wednesday, April 13