Free Baseball play of the day 5-16-09

May 16, 2009


Houston Astros at Chicago Cubs

A winning streak will be on the line for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday when they battle the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field.

Our free picks are on fire!

The Houston Astros will put their hopes on the pitching of ace righthander Roy Oswalt in this game. Oswalt has a 1-2 record and a 4.15 ERA this season.

Starting this game for Chicago will be Sean Marshall. The lefthander has a 4.20 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 110-moneyline favorites versus the Cubs, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

Wandy Rodriguez whiffed 11 batters and the Astros held off the Rockies for a 5-3 victory in the series finale on Thursday, as -115 favorites. That game’s eight runs went UNDER the posted over/under (8).

Michael Bourn had four hits and scored twice, and Carlos Lee went deep for the Astros. Rodriguez improved his record to 4-2 with the win.

The Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Padres with an 11-3 rout on Thursday, as -160 home favorites. The game’s 14 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (9.5).

Bobby Scales had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Chi Cubs. Ryan Dempster thew 7 innings for the win, giving up three hits and two runs.

Our free pick of the day is the Chicago Cubs

Current streak:
Houston has won 2 straight games.
Chicago has won four straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 16-18 SU
Chicago: 20-14 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing the Chicago Cubs are 5-5
After playing Colorado are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

Chicago most recently:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The Astros are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Houston’s last 22 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Houston’s last 25 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home
Chi Cubs are 6-1 Straight Up in their last 7 games when playing Houston
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their L 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Chi Cubs’s last 22 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Chicago Cubs home to Houston, Sun, May 17

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