Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros Preview 5/19/2008
MLB Betting Preview
Chicago Cubs (27-17) at Houston Astros (25-20)
Monday, 7:05 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Cubs – 118, Total 9.5 Flat
The Houston Astros return home after a very successful 7-3 road trip to take on the division leading Chicago Cubs. Lance Berkman has been tearing up the league and leading the Astros recently, hitting .545 during his 17-game hitting streak with 8 home runs and 21 RBIs. The Astros are 11-6 at home this season. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Cubs on the Road.
The Cubs hit the road after going 8-2 on their 10-game home stand. They have lost 7 of their last 10 on the road. The Cubs go with Ted Lilly on Monday. He is 4-4 with a 5.33 ERA on the season. He gave up four runs but picked up a win last Wednesday against San Diego. “I don’t think I just stand out there and try to throw fastballs by guys,” Lilly said. “I have to mix my pitches and change speeds and locate the ball and things like that. And at times, when I got my curveball going, I’m going to get some strikeouts on it. But I’m not going to say I’m a power pitcher.” He is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three career starts against the Astros.
Houston starts Brian Moehler who is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA this season. He is 1-0 with a 3.91 ERA in six career outings against the Cubs.
SBG Global Current Line: Cubs – 125, Total 10 under -120
Here are the MLB betting stats for Monday’s game. The Cubs are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
The Cubs are 21-7 in their last 28 games as a favorite. The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The Cubs are 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Cubs are 4-1 in Lilly’s last 5 starts. The Cubs are 2-5 in Lilly’s last 7 road starts. The Cubs are 0-4 in Lilly’s last 4 starts as a road favorite. The Cubs are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
The Astros are 8-1 in their last 9 home games. The Astros are 6-1 in their last 7 games as a home underdog. The Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. the National League Central. The Astros are 12-4 in their last 16 overall. The Astros are 4-0 in Moehler’s last 4 starts as an underdog.
The Under is 20-6-3 in the Cubs last 29 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Under is 37-14-2 in the Cubs last 53 games as a road favorite. The Over is 5-0 in Lilly’s last 5 starts vs. the National League Central.
The Over is 7-2 in the Astros last 9 home games. The Under is 13-5 in the Astros last 18 games as a home underdog. The Under is 5-2 in the Astros last 7 vs. the National League Central. The Under is 5-2 in Lilly’s last 7 starts as a road favorite. The Under is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings in Houston between the two teams.
Pick Astros +120 3units
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