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Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs - 5/28/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros
Date & Time Tuesday May 28, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros -130 / Chicago Cubs +110
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The Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros meet in game two of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.

The Chicago Cubs will look to rebound after dropping 4 of their last 5 games following a 6-5 loss in the series opener on Monday. Anthony Rizzo went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Addison Russell went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and Albert Almora Jr. added a solo shot of his own. David Bote went 2 for 4 with an RBI to round out the Cubs’ offense as a team in the losing effort. Cole Hamels received the loss, falling to 4-1 on the year after allowing six runs on seven hits while walking four over four innings of work. Jon Lester will start game two and is 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lester is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 10 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to keep their momentum going after their series-opening victory on Monday. Derek Fisher had a triple and an RBI while Yuli Gurriel went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Robinson Chirinos and Jack Mayfield each had a double and an RBI while Tyler White and Jake Marisnick each had RBIs to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Alex Bregman went 2 for 5 while Michael Brantley added a base hit as well in the victory. Gerrit Cole got the win to improve to 5-5 on the year after allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 12 over six innings of work. Roberto Osuna closed out a shaky 9th inning for his 14th save of the season. Corbin Martin will start game two and is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. This will be Martin’s first career start against the Cubs.

Chicago is 12-3 in Lester’s last 15 road starts and 25-12 in their last 37 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games against the AL West. Houston is 7-2 in their last 9 interleague home games and 67-32 in their last 99 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The under is 41-18-2 in the last 61 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

Don’t look now, but the Cubs have unraveled over the last few days, dropping four of their last five games. And while that won’t last forever, I don’t see it changing with Lester on the bump, who has allowed nine runs in his last 8.1 innings of work. Martin is still getting his feet wet as a starter in the majors, but he still has a potent Astros lineup behind him and I think that makes the difference as Houston escapes with another narrow victory on Tuesday.

Pick:
Houston Astros -130

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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