Wednesday MLB Betting Preview – Astros at Cubs

The Houston Astros are finishing off a six-game road trip this afternoon and hoping to pick up a series win in the process.  On Tuesday night, the Astros squandered an early six-run lead and watched the Cubs ultimately come down with a 14-7 blowout victory.  “No lead is safe, especially when the win is blowing out a bit,” manager Brad Mills said.  The club is 14-11 against the Senior Circuit since June 7, while winning four of seven series over that span.  The Astros have posted a respectable 21-17 record against the NL Central this year (+1,060) and the total stands at 14-20 O/U in those games.  Playing during the daytime hours has been an uphill battle for the team, averaging just 3.5 runs per game and combining for a .229 batting average.  Houston has been very successful in playing games in the middle of the week, coming in with an 11-3 record on Wednesday.

Astros starting pitcher Brett Myers is 7-6 with a 3.35 ERA in 19 starts and has produced tremendous results at today’s venue.  His 1.89 career ERA at Wrigley Field is the lowest among active players with at least 30 innings pitched and his personal-best at any NL ball park.  The right-hander has an 8-3 career record in 14 appearances versus the Cubs, including a 6-3 victory in his last start against them on June 6 at Minute Maid Park.  Myers is 2-6 with a 4.14 ERA in 10 road games, being bit by the long ball in allowing nine home runs in 67.1 innings.  Expect the bullpen to receive some sort of break this afternoon, as he has set a new franchise record by pitching six or more innings in his first 19 starts of the season.

Chicago has put itself in a position to win a second consecutive series, after last night’s runaway win.  Manager Lou Piniella may have stirred up the clubhouse for this series due to announcing that he’ll retire at the end of the season on Monday.  “I want to win as many games as we can to get back in this pennant race,” Piniella said.  The Cubs must start improving play against divisional foes, posting a lowly 16-26 mark within the division (-2,070).  This is a drastic change from a team that tallied a 322-254 record against the NL Central over the previous seven years (2003-09).

Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly will be making his 17th start of the season, 10th at home, bringing a 3-8 record and 4.07 ERA into this afternoon tilt.  The left-hander is riding a personal seven-game winning streak against Houston that dates back to July 14, 2007.  At Wrigley Field over that span, he is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts.  He is 2-4 with a 4.65 ERA in nine home starts and 0-3 with a 5.73 ERA in seven daytime outings.  Much like Myers, most of his disappointing day numbers can be attributed to the home run, allowing 11 deep flies in just 44 innings.

Bettors must always be conscious of the wind direction before playing a total at Wrigley Field, but the pitching matchup suggests a low-scoring game.  The total is currently 9 at Bookmaker.com.  The Astros are 14-20 O/U in divisional games this season and 7-13 O/U versus southpaws.  Don’t look now, but the under is 21-5 in Lilly’s last 26 home starts overall.

15 TCSG COLLEGES ON LIST OF FASTEST-GROWING TWO-YEAR COLLEGES IN THE NATION.

States News Service December 15, 2010 ATLANTA, GA — The following information was released by the Technical College System of Georgia:

Enrollment at the 26 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) has grown at a record pace over the last couple of years with the addition of tens of thousands of out-of-work and under-employed Georgians who are looking to learn new skills and retool for in-demand careers in today’s highly competitive job market.

The surge in student enrollment has earned fifteen TCSG colleges the distinction of being among the fastest-growing public two-year colleges in the nation. Community College Week Magazine, in its November 29, 2010 issue, used U.S. Department of Education data to analyze enrollment increases between fall 2008 and fall 2009 at 1,058 public two-year colleges. The magazine then broke the rankings down into four categories based on institutional size. in our site albany technical college

Five TCSG colleges were ranked on the list of the 50 fastest-growing two-year colleges with enrollments of between 5,000 and 9,999 students. Athens Technical College was number eight, followed by Central Georgia Technical College (9th), Griffin Technical College, which is now Southern Crescent Technical College (10th), Gwinnett Technical College (11th) and Savannah Technical College (22nd).

There were eight TCSG colleges ranked among the two-year colleges serving 2,500 to 4,999 students, and that was twice as many as the next state, North Carolina, which placed four colleges in the top 50. Valdosta Technical College (which is now Wiregrass Georgia Technical College) earned the honor as being the fastest-growing college in the nation among colleges with enrollments of equal size. Atlanta Technical College was third on that list, followed by North Georgia Technical College (4th), Albany Technical College (8th), Lanier Technical College (15th), South Georgia Technical College (18th), Middle Georgia Technical College (23rd) and DeKalb Technical College (47th). go to website albany technical college

Among colleges with enrollments of less than 2,500 students, the TCSG’s Sandersville Technical College was ranked as the sixteenth fastest-growing two-year college, and Ogeechee Technical College was twenty-third.

It’s a strong statement that more than half of Georgia’s technical colleges were ranked among the nation’s fastest growing public two-year colleges. It reflects the increasingly important role that the TCSG has in the futures of nearly 200,000 Georgians who will attend our colleges this year and the many more who will follow. Our TCSG colleges are devoted to ensuring that their graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge that will make them a vital part of our state’s 21st Century workforce,” said TCSG Commissioner Ron Jackson.

Jackson added that cost and quality are reasons why the demand for a TCSG education should remain strong. “The TCSG colleges will continue to grow and serve record numbers of students of every age, all taking advantage of affordable TCSG tuition, easy access to our campuses and great instructors who open the doors to a vast array of programs and world-class training. It’s college that works,” he said.

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