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Matt Garza out to silence Astros bats in MLB contest

Houston AstrosChicago Cubs
Sep 16, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

51-98TEAM RECORD65-85

Houston pays a visit to Chicago on Friday, hoping to shut down the Cubs bats in baseball action at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs will turn to Matt Garza and his 8-10 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Astros send Wandy Rodriguez (11-10) to the hill.

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Chicago opened as -165 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 999.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cubs, most recently No. 11 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Astros, who rate a National League No. 14 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 4 in the National League at 8.9 hits per game. That compares with Chicago’s No. 5 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Chicago has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 16 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 1-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -260 on the moneyline, while the total score (1) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Astros were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Philadelphia staff and losing 1-0 to the Phillies on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

Chicago was an 8-6 loser in its last match on the road against the Reds. They lost as +128 underdogs, while the total score of 14 made winners of OVER bettors. Chicago lost a tight one on Thursday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by an 8-6 score against Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Chicago Cubs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
Houston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Chi Cubs' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs' last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Chi Cubs' last 8 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Chi Cubs, Saturday, September 17