Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros MLB Betting Tips 5/27/2019
Monday, May 27, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Cole Hamels vs. Gerrit Cole
Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros (35-18, 1st in AL West) host the Chicago Cubs (30-20, 1st in NL Central) at Minute Maid Park on Monday, May 27, 2019. The line on this game has the Cubs priced at +158 and the Astros are at -168. The over/under opens at 8.5.
The Cubs have been excellent for bettors, having gone 30-20-0 SU. Houston covers 66.0% of the time, going 35-18-0 straight up. The Astros have been excellent for bettors as a favorite, going 34-17-0 SU. Chicago covers 33.3% of the time as an underdog, having gone 5-10-0 straight up.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Cubs have been an excellent Over option for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 28-22-0.
Chicago covers 52.2% of the time as the visitor, having gone 12-11-0 straight up.
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros cover 76.9% of the time at Minute Maid Park, going 20-6-0 SU.
The Astros have been a strong Under option for over/under MLB wagerers, having gone 21-30-2.
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
5/25/2019 Pedro Strop RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least May 31
5/22/2019 Xavier Cedeno RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jun 1
5/21/2019 Allen Webster RP Arm Expected to be out until at least May 27
5/3/2019 Tony Barnette RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least May 26
5/2/2019 Brandon Morrow RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 8
2/19/2019 Kendall Graveman SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Houston Astros Injuries
5/25/2019 Max Stassi C Leg Probable for May 26
5/25/2019 Jose Altuve 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least May 28
5/25/2019 George Springer RF Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jun 22
5/25/2019 Jake Marisnick CF Leg Probable for May 26
5/21/2019 Collin McHugh SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jun 27
5/15/2019 Joe Smith RP Achilles Expected to be out until at least Jul 1
3/28/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 30-20 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Cole Hamels has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.26 this season. He has 60 strikeouts over his 58.2 innings pitched and he's given up 52 hits. He's allowed 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.83. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.94 and they have given up 154 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen and they've struck out 177 hitters and walked 98 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 419 base hits and 189 earned runs. They have allowed 57 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 197 batters and struck out 454. They have walked 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.11.
As a team Chicago is hitting .259, good for 4th in the league. The Cubs hold a .459 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .349, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. Kris Bryant is hitting .288 with an on-base percentage of .411. He has 53 hits this season in 184 at bats with 34 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .576 and an OPS+ of 156. Willson Contreras is hitting .315 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .424. He has totaled 46 hits and he has driven in 31 men in 146 at bats. His OPS+ is 164 while his slugging percentage is at .596. The Cubs have 444 hits, including 89 doubles and 80 home runs. Chicago has walked 218 times so far this season and they have struck out 445 times as a unit. They have left 369 men on base and have a team OPS of .808. They score 5.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 273 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 35-18 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.11, Gerrit Cole has a 4-5 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He has 100 strikeouts over the 65.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 54 hits. He's allowing 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.01. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.82 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 176 batters and walked 51 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.4. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 356 base knocks and 176 earned runs this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 133 hitters and struck out 515 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.05 while their FIP as a staff is 3.61.
As a team, they are batting .278, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .493 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .351, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Alex Bregman comes into this matchup batting .263 with an OBP of .393. He has 47 hits this year along with 35 RBI in 179 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .547 with an OPS+ of 150. Carlos Correa is hitting .294 this season and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 55 hits in 187 at bats while driving in 34 runs. He has an OPS+ of 140 and a slugging percentage of .551. The Astros as a unit have 495 base hits, including 95 doubles and 91 homers. Houston has walked 199 times this year and they have struck out on 370 occasions. They have had 377 men left on base and have an OPS of .844. They have scored 5.25 runs per game and totaled 278 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs +158
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