Cubs vs Astros Prediction - MLB PIcks 5/16/23

Houston Astros (21-19) vs Chicago Cubs (19-21)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Cristian Javier (3-1) (3.47) vs Justin Steele (6-0) (1.82)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -156 / Chicago Cubs +125 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros face off on Tuesday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. On Monday it was the Astros that was able to secure the 6-4 victory. 

Cubs Betting Preview

The Cubs sit with a 19-22 record overall and they have lost three games in a row. Over the last three games they have given up 33 runs. The Cubs are averaging 4.81 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.15 runs per game. The offense is ranked 10th while the pitching is ranked 11th. Patrick Wisdom has hit 12 home runs and driven in 23 RBIs. On the mound for the Cubs will be Justin Steele who sits with a 6-0 record and an ERA of 1.82. In his last start against the Cardinals he went six innings giving up seven htis and three runs. 

Astros Betting Preview

The Astros sit with a 22-19 record overall and they scored six runs on Monday on the way to the victory. The Astros are averaging 4.31 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.68 runs per game. The offense is ranked 19th while the pitching is ranked 3rd. They have leaned on the pitching all season. On the mound for the Astros will be Cristian Javier who sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 3.47. In his last start against the Angels he went six innings giving up three hits and two runs. 

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Cubs vs Astros Trends

Astros are 6-0 in Javiers last 6 starts vs. a team with a losing record. Astros are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. Cubs are 0-4 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. Cubs are 1-6 in their last 7 road games. Cubs are 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Cubs are actually the team with the advantage on the mound here. The Cubs send Justin Steele to the mound and he currently sits with an 1.82. The Astros offense hasn’t been exactly elite this season and their lack of scoring is going to be the difference here. Back the Cubs on the money line. 

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