The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Chicago Cubs have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Cubs have won 5 of their last 7 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Nico Hoerner leads the Cubs with 46 hits and 19 RBI, while Ian Happ and Dansby Swanson have combined for 85 hits and 33 RBI. Jameson Taillon gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. Taillon is 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 10 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Astros have won 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Mauricio Dubon leads the Astros with 41 hits and 8 RBI, while Jeremy Pena and Kyle Tucker have combined for 77 hits and 47 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 2.38 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 1-5 in their last 6 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Astros are 135-66 in their last 201 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 5-0 in Cubs last 5 overall. The under is 5-0 in Astros last 5 overall. The under is 42-20-2 in the last 64 meetings in Houston and 23-11-1 in the last 35 meetings.
The Cubs are coming off a shaky week and Jameson Taillon isn't a pitcher I trust, especially on the road. The Houston Astros are playing some of their best ball of the young season, and Framber Valdez is missing a lot of bats to start the season. At home, this is a game the Astros should win. Give me the home team and the RL for max betting value.