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Aug 15, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Odds

53-68TEAM RECORD38-83

Minute Maid Park hosts an MLB battle between the Houston Astros and the visiting Chicago Cubs on Monday.

For the Astros, Henry Sosa gets the ball, charged with keeping the Cubs hitters off the base paths. He'll face Rodrigo Lopez, 3-2 on the year.

View Chi Cubs vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Houston sat as +105 underdogs. The total was set at 9.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 13 (Astros) and the No. 11 (Cubs) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Cubs defense that ranks No. 15 in the National League at 4.9 in runs allowed per game. The Astros have averaged 8.9 hits per game so far, less than Cubs batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Chicago owns the National League's No. 16-rated road mark, allowing 5.2 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.

Chicago won its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Braves on August 14. Bettors who backed the Cubs at +147 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cubs grabbed a win last time out, defeating Brandon Beachy and the Braves 6-5 on Sunday at Turner Field.

Houston lost its last outing, a 7-0 result against the Dodgers on August 14. Bettors who backed the Dodgers at -220 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Astros were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Los Angeles staff and losing 7-0 to the Dodgers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing LA Dodgers are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cubs at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 10 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games on the road
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games

Next up:
Chi Cubs at Houston, Tuesday, August 16

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