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The Houston Astros will be going for their second consecutive series win when they take on the Chicago Cubs in the first game of their three-game interleague series on Monday afternoon. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and it is scheduled to begin at 2:10 PM. ET.
Cubs Trying To Increase Division Lead
The Cubs have been inconsistent over the last two weeks but they still have a 2.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. They will be trying to increase their lead over the Brewers when they face the Astros on Monday afternoon.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 26, 2019
Chicago has played well offensively, especially over their last three games. The team’s .259 batting average is fourth, their .349 on-base percentage is second, while their .459 slugging percentage is fourth in the league. The Cubs have scored 273 runs, which is ninth in the league.
Anthony Rizzo is Chicago’s best bat. He has a .278 batting average and leads the team with 14 homers and 40 RBI.
Chicago’s pitching has also been very good this season. Opponents have a .244 batting average against the Cubs, which is 13th in the league. Their 3.73 ERA is sixth, while their 24 quality starts are eighth in the league.
In his last start, Hamels gave up nine hits and three earned runs in four innings, but the Cubs were able to get an 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. They will need a better effort from him to get the win on Monday.
Astros Going For Sixth Win In Eight Games
The Astros have the 2nd best record in baseball and will try to improve their record with a win over the Cubs, who have the second-best record in the National League. They will also be going for their sixth win in their last eight games when they face the Cubs on Monday.
So about last night 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/iYyJ9r0X0p
— Houston Astros (@astros) May 26, 2019
Houston has played well offensively this season, but they have struggled over their last three games. The team has a .278 batting average, which is the best in the league. Their .351 on-base percentage is also first, while their .493 slugging percentage is second in the league. The Astros have scored 278 runs so far, which is tied for second in the league.
George Springer has been great for the Astros this season and has a .308 batting average with a team-leading 17 homers and 43 RBI. However, the Astros will be without him on Monday after landing on the 10-day DL on Saturday.
Houston’s pitching has also been very good. Opponents have a .207 batting average against the Astros, which is the best in the league. Their 3.40 ERA is second, while their 29 quality starts are first in the league.
In his last start, Cole gave up seven hits and six earned runs in seven innings as the Astros fell to the Chicago White Sox 9-4. They will need a significantly better performance from him if they want to beat the Cubs on Monday.
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- 7-2 in their last 9 interleague home games.
- 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Astros have played well, especially at home where they have won their last four games against teams with winning records and five of their last six games against teams with winning road records. They have also played well against NL teams, winning seven of their last nine interleague games. The Cubs have struggled against AL teams, particularly when going up against right-handers, losing six of their last eight contests. They have also lost four of their last five road games against teams with winning home records.
Prediction: Houston Astros
Full-Game Total Pick
The Astros and Cubs are averaging 9.34 combined runs per game in their last three games. The Cubs have played over the total in their last four games and in their last five interleague games. The Astros have played over the total in four of Cole’s last five starts and in four of Cole’s last five home starts.
First Five Innings Side Pick
The Cubs will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Astros in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 4.33 runs per game while the Astros average 1.33 runs per game.
Prediction: Chicago Cubs
First Five Innings Total Bet
The Cubs and Astros are averaging 5.66 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will go over the first five inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.