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Ryan Dempster faces Brett Myers in MLB odds action

Houston AstrosChicago Cubs
Sep 18, 2:20 PM | GrassWrigley Field

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Odds

51-100TEAM RECORD67-85

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

Brett Myers gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 5-13 on the season. The Cubs, meanwhile, will counter with Ryan Dempster, who will be looking to improve on his 10-12 mark.

View Houston vs Chi Cubs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Astros were listed as +-155 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks. The total was set at 999 before betting started earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 11-ranked Cubs and the National League No. 14-rated Astros in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Chicago's No. 8 ranked National League offense (4.1 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 16 in the National League at 4.8 runs allowed per game. The Cubs have been averaging 8.9 hits per game, almost the same as the Astros have managed so far this season (8.9 hits on average).

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.8 runs per game. Chicago, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

The Astros were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Cubs, who beat them 2-1 on Saturday behind a start from Rodrigo Lopez at Wrigley Field.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

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

A few Astros at Cubs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games when playing Chi Cubs
Houston is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games
Chi Cubs are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Chi Cubs are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home
Chi Cubs are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Chi Cubs' last 12 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Cincinnati, Monday, September 19
Chi Cubs home to Milwaukee, Monday, September 19