The upcoming series between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros is set to begin at Minute Maid Park on Monday at 8:10 p.m. ET.
The Cubs, with a record of 19-21 SU and 22-18 RL , will have right-hander Jameson Taillon as their starting pitcher for the game. Taillon, a 31-year-old pitcher, has struggled this season, going 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in five starts.
Offensively, the Cubs have been productive, averaging 4.83 runs per game with a team batting average of .266 and a .766 OPS. They have hit 48 home runs and stolen 35 bases in the 2023 season. On the pitching side, the Cubs have a team ERA of 3.91 and a 1.20 WHIP, and they lead the league with 20 quality starts.
Jameson Taillon, returning from a groin strain, will take the mound in the first game of the series for the Cubs. In his previous two starts against Washington and St. Louis, he has pitched a combined 5.2 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs.
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The Astros, with a record of 21-19 SU and 19-20-1 RL, will counter with left-hander Framber Valdez as their starting pitcher. Valdez, 29 years old, has performed well this season, posting a 3-4 record, 2.38 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP in eight starts.
Offensively, the Astros score an average of 4.28 runs per game with a team batting average of .238 and a .672 OPS. They have hit 35 home runs and stolen 26 bases in the 2023 season. On the pitching side, the Astros have a team ERA of 3.29 and a 1.20 WHIP, including 18 quality starts.
Framber Valdez, coming off an impressive performance against the LA Angels. In his last outing, he allowed only one run on three hits in eight innings, striking out 12 batters. Valdez has accumulated 20 strikeouts in his last two starts and has limited his opponents to three or fewer runs in 28.0 innings pitched across his last four games.
Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Game Information
- Date: 05/15/2023
- Time: 08:10 PM ET
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.
- How to Watch: Cubs vs Astros MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Cubs vs Astros Betting Lines
Cubs are +165 according to our Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $165. On the other side, Astros are -185 according to the Vegas MLB Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $54.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Cubs at a 37.74% chance of winning the game, meanwhile Astros have 64.91% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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