Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Prediction MLB Picks 4/24/24

Chicago Cubs (13-9) vs Houston Astros (7-16)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 7:40 pm (Wrigley Field)

Jameson Taillon (1-0) (1.80) vs Spencer Arrighetti (0-2) (11.57)

Betting Odds: Chicago Cubs -110 / Houston Astros -106 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs meet Wednesday in MLB action from Wrigley Field. Here’s a Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs prediction. This will be the second installment in a three-game series. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for the game. We will examine:

• The Houston Astros recent form and player performance

• The Chicago Cubs recent form and player performance

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Houston Astros

• Recent betting trends and streaks involving the Chicago Cubs

• Recent betting trends in games played between the Astros and Cubs

• A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for the Astros vs Cubs game

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Astros took on the Nationals over the weekend and didn’t do very well. Following a 5-3 win on Friday, Houston lost the next two 5-4 and 6-0 to drop the series. In their opener matchup versus the Cubs on Tuesday, the Astros coughed up five runs in the first inning on the way to a 7-2 loss. Jonathan Patrick France gave up five earned in the start on five hits and four walks in 5.0 frames.

In the starting pitcher role for game two on Wednesday, the Astros will send out Spencer Arrighetti. This year over his two starts (the first two starts of his career), Arrighetti is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA and eight Ks in 7.0 frames.

Chicago Cubs Betting Preview

Over on the Cubs’ side, they played the Miami Marlins in a four-game weekend set. Chicago split that series with wins 8-3 and 5-3 against losses 3-2 and 6-3. In their Tuesday game versus Houston, the Cubs posted a relatively modest six team hits.  Starter Jordan Wicks had 6.0 innings with two earned on five this and zero walks.

It’ll be Jameson Taillon in the starting pitcher role for the Cubs on Wednesday. Taillon notched a victory in his first start of the year, bagging one earned on three hits and a walk in 5.0 innings. Taillon has a career mark of 60-45 with a 3.99 ERA in 174 games (173 starts).

Astros vs Cubs Injury Notes

Astros SP Cristian Javier was placed on the 15-day IL a couple of days ago due to neck discomfort. Framber Valdez is still working his way back from an elbow issue.

Cubs RF Seiya Suzuki introduced light baseball activity over the weekend. He’s been sidelined (10-day IL) with an oblique injury.

Chicago Cubs Player Prop Facts

  • Jameson Taillon has recorded five or more strikeouts in each of his six previous Wednesday appearances in night games with his team as a favorite.
  • Cody Bellinger has recorded at least one RBI in each of his last six appearances.
  • Ian Happ has recorded a Double in three of his last four home appearances.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one Single in each of his last six home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one hit in each of his last nine appearances against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seiya Suzuki has recorded at least one total base in each of his last nine appearances with the Cubs as favorites.
  • Jameson Taillon has recorded a win in three of his last four home appearances against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Seiya Suzuki has hit a home run in each of his last three appearances with the Cubs as favorites.
  • Seiya Suzuki has scored at least one run in each of his last six appearances with the Cubs as home favorites.

Houston Astros Player Prop Facts

  • Jose Abreu has hit at least one home run in three of his last four appearances with his team as an underdog against the Cubs.
  • Jose Abreu has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Astros' last four games as road underdogs against NL opponents.
  • Jose Abreu has scored at least one run in each of his last eight road appearances against the Cubs after playing the previous day.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded at least one hit in each of the Astros' last 10 road games against NL Central opponents.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded at least one total base in each of the Astros' last 10 road games against NL Central opponents.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded a Double in each of the Astros' last three games against the Cubs.
  • Kyle Tucker has recorded at least one Single in each of the Astros' last 10 road games against NL Central opponents.
  • Jose Altuve ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.357) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Chicago Cubs rank 1st in the league for triples this season (8).
  • The Chicago Cubs rank T29th in the league for steals this season (5).
  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for strikeouts against this season (159).
  • The Houston Astros rank T29th in the league for triples this season (0).

Houston Astros vs Chicago Cubs Prediction

I’ll probably try the Cubs here. Taillon should be able to notch another quality start if he’s on point. He didn’t have a ton of issues versus the Marlins back on April 19 in his debut. Taillon put up one earned on three hits and no walks with four Ks in 5.0 frames in that victory. As for Arrighetti, he’s given up a combined nine earned runs on 11 hits and five walks in 7.0 innings during his first two starts this year (both losses).

In the Tuesday matchup, Chicago got a huge effort from Mike Tauchman (two hits; two homers; four RBI) in an early outburst at the plate. I’d like to see a more even effort in Wednesday’s game, but the Cubs should have a good shot to keep it going.

Andrew’s Pick Chicago Cubs -110

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