MLB Betting Preview

Chicago Cubs (57-38) at Houston Astros (44-51)
Friday, 8:05 pm Eastern – WGN

SBG Global Opening Line: Cubs - 116 , Total 9.5 Under -115

The Chicago Cubs look to continue their excellent play as they begin the second half of the season at Houston on Friday. The Cubs had the best record in the National League in the first half of the season, mainly due to their 37-12 record at home. The Cubs are 4.5 games ahead of St. Louis and 5 games up on Milwaukee in the National League Central. "This division of ours is starting to get really interesting, with St. Louis and Milwaukee," Chicago manager Lou Piniella said, "It's going to be a nice fight the second half of the season." SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Cubs on the Road.

The Cubs send Ted Lilly on Friday. He is 9-6 with a 4.68 ERA this season. He is 2-1 on the road this season with a 1.98 ERA. He gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings back in May against the Astros. He is 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA in three career starts against Houston.

Brian Moehler gets the start for Houston on Friday. He is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season. Moehler has won three of his last four decisions at home and has only given up two runs in his last 12 innings at home. Back in May, Moehler gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 7-2 defeat to the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA in four career starts against Chicago.

Here are the MLB betting stats for Friday’s game. The Cubs are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Cubs are 4-9 in their last 13 road games. The Cubs are 10-4 in Lilly’s last 14 starts. The Cubs are 2-6 in Lilly’s last 8 starts as a road favorite.

SBG Global Current Line: Cubs - 116 , Total 9.5 Under -120

The Astros are 7-20 in their last 27 games as an underdog. The Astros are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. the National League Central. The Astros are 4-1 in Moehler’s last 5 home starts.

The Over is 8-3 in the Cubs last 11 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 4-0 in Lilly’s last 4 starts overall. The Over is 8-1 in Lilly’s last 9 starts vs. the National League Central. The Over is 4-1 in Lilly’s last 5 road starts.

The Over is 4-1 in the Astros last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter.

The Under is 4-1 in the Astros last 5 home games. The Under is 15-6-1 in the Astros last 22 overall. The Under is 19-8-1 in the Astros last 28 vs. the National League Central. The Under is 10-1-1 in Moehler’s last 12 starts overall. The Under is 6-1 in Moehler’s last 7 home starts. The Under is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Houston between the two teams.

Pick Astros 3 units