Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5-17-2023

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/17/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/17/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The interleague matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on Wednesday.


Chicago and Houston will wrap up their three-game series in Texas. The Astros took the first game on Monday with a 6-4 win. Houston is currently the favorite to win with a -151 moneyline, and the totals sit at 9.0 runs.


The Chicago Cubs are coming off a 3-game losing run. They managed to erase a four-run deficit, but ultimately fell short after Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.


The Cubs now lost nine of their last 13 games, and on Tuesday, they were trailing the Brewers by four games. Drew Smyly will take the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday.


The 33-year-old left-hander has a 4-1 record, a strong 3.05 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 38/10 K/BB ratio in eight starts and 44.1 innings pitched in 2023.


Since his rough season debut, Smyly has only allowed nine earned runs in seven outings and 39.2 innings of work.


In his last start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, Smyly allowed two earned runs on four hits in six innings while striking out four.


  • The Chicago Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
  • The Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 meetings with Houston.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of the Cubs’ last 5 games on the road.

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Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros Predictions 5/17/2023


The Houston Astros continued their hot streak with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs, moving their season record to 22-19.


The Astros won five out of their last six games, scoring 24 runs while only allowing 16 in that span. Currently, they sit in second place in the AL West, trailing the Texas Rangers by three games.


Houston’s pitching has been a big reason for their recent success with an ERA of 3.31 and are giving up just 3.68 runs per game, also third-best in the league.


The Astros are scoring 4.32 runs per game, ranking 19th, and hitting .241/.310/.368. In the last seven days and 167 at-bats, they’ve hit .263/.333/.377 with four home runs and seven doubles, with Yordan Alvarez going 6-for-18 with two homers during that span.


Rookie right-hander J.P. France will start with a 0.77 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and an 8/2 K/BB ratio over 11.2 innings.


He earned his first win last Friday against the Chicago White Sox, giving up just one earned run on three hits over 6.2 innings.


France also pitched well in triple-A Sugar Land this season, with a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 19.1 innings.


  • The Houston Astros are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games against the Chi Cubs.
  • The Astros are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at home.

Chicago Cubs vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this contest is the Houston Astros.  The Cubs’ bullpen threw a staggering 40.2 innings over the last ten days, posting 4.65 ERA, 4.51 FIP, and 6.4 K/9.


On the other side, the Astros’ bullpen has tossed 27.2 frames in that span, tallying a 4.23 ERA, 2.47 FIP, and 11.7 K/9. Take the Astros projected at 6-5.


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Chicago Cubs vs Houston Astros 5/17/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

 MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET


Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas


Date: Sunday, April 30, 2023 




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -167


MLB Totals: 9.0


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