Houston Astros vs. Chicago Cubs 04/16

The Astros were finally able to capture their first win of the season on Thursday night. In their win over the Cardinals, Houston held St. Louis to just one total run. On Friday, however, don’t expect the same outcome. With Felipe Paulino taking the mound for the Astros, runs are bound to be falling from the sky. Couple this with the fact that Carlos Silva is starting for the Cubs, and you would expect this to be a high scoring affair. The only thing in the way of a high scoring game is inconsistent offense from both teams. With Alfonso Soriano struggling and the Astros having a generally mediocre lineup, runs being scored is far from a certainty.

If Lance Berkman was not hurt, and Alfonso Soriano was playing to his potential, the over/under in this game would be a lock at 9. With the way things are going, the over/under at 9 is still a great, with the pick being the over. Even the most mediocre MLB offenses can light up the scoreboard when Carlos Silva and Felipe Paulino are pitching. Barring Cy Young performances out of nowhere, I don’t see any reason why this game won’t go over 9. The Astros have finally gained some momentum, the Cubs have their fair share of hitters, and the pitching is below average.

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