Don't Expect Lots Of Runs Tonight For Cubs vs Astros Sunday Night MLB Game

Jake Arrieta To Celebrates With Teammates

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, September 11, 2016 4:57 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016 4:57 PM UTC

Our MLB handicapping professional provides us with a betting preview on Sunday’s Cubs and Astros game. Be sure to go inside and read this revealing article which culminates with a MLB pick.

Rubber Match at Minute Maid
The Cubs and Astros will play the finale of an interleague three-game series on Sunday night. The opening pitch from Minute Maid Stadium in Houston is slated for 8:05 PM ET. These teams have split the first two games, with Chicago winning 2-0 on Friday night, and Houston bouncing back yesterday afternoon for a 2-1 victory.

Current (9:00 AM ET) MLB betting odds at Heritage indicates Chicago is a -142 money line road favorite, and there’s a total of 7.5. I would be remiss to not mention the generous cash bonuses that Heritage is presently offering. Deposit money into an account with Heritage on Sunday, and be rewarded with additional free money to wager with.


Starting Pitchers
The 2015 National League Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta makes the start tonight for Chicago. Arrieta has displayed very good form over his last 3 starts, proven by an excellent 0.94 WHIP throughout those outings. The Cubs ace right-hander has gone 10-3 in his road team starts this year, and compiled a stellar 2.99 ERA plus 0.96 WHIP while doing so.

Houston will counter with a right-hander of their own in Michael Fiers. The Astros hurler is 11-3 in 14 home team starts with an impressive 3.33 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Furthermore, Fiers has exhibited solid form over his preceding 4 starts, evidenced by a superb 2.70 ERA during that course of time.


Reasons to Like Under the Total
Besides what appears to be a strong starting pitching matchup, there’s substantial statistical data pointing toward Sunday’s game being a low scoring affair.

  • The Cubs are 13-4 under this season when facing American League teams.
  • The Cubs have gone 6-2 under in its previous 8 games overall, and that includes staying under during each of their last 3 outings.
  • The Astros are 40-23 (63.5%) under at Minute Maid Park in 2016, and that comprises of 29-14 (67.4%) under when playing those games at night.
  • The Astros are 26-8 (76.5%) under at home this season when playing against a team with a winning record.


MLB Prediction
These teams have combined to score a paltry 5 runs during the first 2 games of this weekend series. With all things being considered, this clearly appears to be a low scoring game, and one of my Sunday MLB picks will reflect that precise thought process.


Free MLB Pick: Under 7.5 (+100)
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

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