Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5-16-2023

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, will be hosting Game 2 between the NL Central Chicago Cubs and the AL West Houston Astros on Tuesday evening.


The Chi Cubs dropped to 19-22 overall, an 8-11 record on the road, and placed third in the NL Central with 4 games behind Milwaukee in the first place while posting a +27 run difference over the course of the season.


The Cubs come into this second installment of a three-game series looking to end a three-game losing streak including a 4-6 road loss in the series opener last night.


On Monday, the Chi Cubs managed to score four runs in the 4th frame but finished the match with five consecutive shutout innings with just 8 hits in the loss.       


Left Fielder lan Happ batted an average of .303 with a team-high on-base percentage of .425 n leadng the offense for the Chicago Cubs.


Second Baseman Nico Hoerner led the Cubs with 46 hits while Third Baseman Patrick Wisdom added a team-leading 12 home runs and 23 RBIs in leading Chicago.


The Chicago Cubs management will give the ball to southpaw Justin Steele to start game 2 of a series on Tuesday night. The left-handed starter s 6-0 on the season with 1.82 ERA and retired 39 batters in his starts.     


Two starters and one reliever are recorded in the Chi Cubs’ injury list with two sluggers included for the season.


Starting Pitchers Kyle Hendrix (shoulder) and Adrian Sampson (knee) are on a 15-day injured list while Relief Pitcher Brad Boxberger (forearm) is also on a 15-day injured list status.


1B Eric Hosmer (rest) is not included in the starting lineup on Tuesday and SS Nico Hoerner (hamstring) is on a 10-day injured list status.           


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Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Predictions 5/16/2023


The Houston Astros are staying in their home field looking to extend their winning streak to three with a victory over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday evening.


Houston improved to 22-19 overall following two consecutive victories, a 9-11 home record, and placed second in the AL West with 3 games behind Texas in the first place while acquiring a +26 run difference on the year.


The Astros enter this competition riding on a two-game winning streak while winning five of the last six including a 6-4 home triumph in the series opener over the Chicago Cubs last night.


Houston opened a series with a four-run blast while adding two more runs in the seventh frame with 11 hits in the winning effort.                 


Second Baseman Mauricio Dubon enhanced the offense for the Astros with a .291 batting average and a team-high 41 hits while Left Fielder Yordan Alvarez led Houston with nine home runs, 37 RBIs, and an on-base percentage at .388.


The Houston Astros recorded a team batting average of .238 and slugging percentage of .365.


On Tuesday, the Houston Astros will counter with righty Cristian Javier to start the second installment of a series versus the Chicago Cubs. Javier is 3-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.47 and fanned out 54 hitters in his starts. 


Houston’s starting pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. (arm) and Jose Urquidy (shoulder) are on a 15-day injured list status. Relief pitcher Parker Mushinski (back) is also on a 15-day injured list as well.


2B Jose Altuve (thumb) is out indefinitely while Left Fielders Michael Brantley (shoulder) is on a 10-day lL and Chas McCormick (back) is now in the startng lineup vs the Cubs.            


Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston -140.


The Cubs struggled after losing three games in a row while the Astros gained momentum after winning two consecutive matches and five of the last six outings played. 


Moreover, Houston got the edge of playing in their home field with a 9-11 record while Chicago is 8-11 on the road. The prediction: Houston Astros will win 4-2.    


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Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET


Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas 


Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023 




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -140    


MLB Totals: 8.0


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