MLB Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros – Monday, May 27, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
When: Monday, May 27, 2019
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
Money Line: Houston Astros -177
Betting Total: 8.5
The Houston Astros enter this game with a record of 35-19 and have lost three of their last five games but are coming off a 2-1 series win over the weekend against the Boston Red Sox that concluded on Sunday with a 4-1 loss.
The Chicago Cubs enter this game with a record of 30-21 and have lost three of their last five games including a 2-1 series loss at home against the Cincinnati Reds that concluded on Sunday with a 10-2 loss.
The Houston Astros are listed as -177 money line favorites over the Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs dropped a surprising series at home against the Cincinnati Reds 2-1, and things don’t get any easier as they will be going on the road to take on the Houston Astros. Chicago is 12-11 on the road and 3-8 as an underdog this season.
The Cubs will send Cole Hamels to the mound for game one of the series. Hamels is 4-0 this season with a 3.38 ERA while striking out 60 over 58 2/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Astros while allowing an average of 3.33 runs and striking out an average of 5.67 in those games.
Anthony Rizzo leads the team in home runs and RBI with 14 home runs and 40 RBI. Kris Bryant leads the team in runs with 42. Chicago is averaging 5.46 runs per game, which ranks third in MLB. The Cubs are allowing an average of 4.22 runs per game, which ranks ninth in MLB.
The Houston Astros are one of the top teams in MLB and have a seven-game lead in the AL West this season. Houston is 20-7 at home and 34-16 as a favorite this season.
The Astros will send Gerrit Cole to the mound for game one of the series. Cole is 4-5 this season with a 4.11 ERA while striking out 100 over 65 2/3 innings pitched. He is also 1-2 in his last three starts against the Cubs while allowing an average of 0.67 runs and striking out an average of seven in those games.
George Springer leads the team in home runs, RBI and runs with 17 home runs, 43 RBI and 41 runs. Houston is averaging 5.25 runs per game, which is tied for seventh in MLB. The Astros are allowing an average of 3.51 runs per game, which ranks second in MLB.
Houston Gets Opening Win at Home
Both teams are playoff-caliber teams this season and are favorites to win their divisions, but Houston is a better overall team compared to the Cubs based on their defense and pitching rotation. Chicago is 6-4 in its last 10 matchups with Houston while outscoring the Astros by an average of 4.20 to 2.90 in those games.
The Cubs are 2-1 in their last three meetings with the Astros while outscoring Houston by an average of 4.00 to 2.33 in those contests. Despite the trends, I still look for the Astros to come away with the win at home in game one against the Cubs.