Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (89-50) at Houston Astros (74-66)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
J Lester (15-4) (2.61) vs. Joe Musgrove (2-3) (5.06)
The Line: Houston Astros +127 / Chicago Cubs -137 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, WGN
The Chicago Cubs visit Minute Maid Park to face the Houston Astros in interleague action.
The Chicago Cubs are playing well which has been their MO the entire season. Even the red hot Cubs can’t win them all as they head in to the weekend with back to back defeats after a 2-1 loss at Milwaukee on Wednesday. Cubbies starter Mike Montgomery surrendered a solo homer over five frames for a no decision before Joe Smith gave up another long ball in the 8th to absorb the loss. Chicago was held to three hits and walked twice with Anthony Rizzo clubbing his 29th homer. Veteran left hander Jon Lester faces the Astros for the second time since 2008. Lester comes off of one of his best efforts of the year with a complete game 2-1 win versus San Francisco.
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The Houston Astros have been playing well enough to be one of the top Wild Card contenders. The Astros look to get back in the win column following a 6-5 loss at Cleveland. The Stros starting pitching did them in as Doug Fister was charged all six runs on nine hits and three BB over 4.1 frames to fall to 12-11. Houston logged 12 hits with Colby Rasmus going deep while Yulienski Gurriel went deep with two RBI’s and two runs. The Astros open the series with the Cubs with rookie Joe Musgrove who will be making his 7th start. Musgrove struggled last time out in a 12-4 loss at Texas with five runs plated in 4.1 frames.
The Chicago Cubs are 25-9 in their last 34 Friday games and are 37-15 in their last 52 overall while going 37-15 in their last 52 games on grass. The over is 10-1 in Houston’s last 11 games following a loss and Houston are 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games while going 26-11 in their last 37 interleague games. Chicago are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Houston and the under is 20-8-1 in the last 29 meetings. I am going with the veteran hurler here…