Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals 8/7/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Montgomery vs. Brad Keller
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The probable starting pitchers are Mike Montgomery for the Cubs and Brad Keller for the Royals.
Chicago opens at -181 while Kansas City opens at +171. The Cubs have a 53-56-2 over/under record and a 57-54-0 run line mark. The Royals are 47-64-0 against the run line and have a 48-57-6 over/under record.
Valuable Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
The Chicago Cubs are 53-56-2 against the over/under
The Chicago Cubs are 57-54-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 48-57-6 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 47-64-0 against the run line
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
08/03/18 P Brian Duensing Shoulder 10-day DL (08/03)
07/26/18 3B Kris Bryant Shoulder 10-day DL (07/24)
07/21/18 P Anthony Bass Back 10-day DL (07/21)
07/19/18 P Brandon Morrow Biceps 10-day DL (07/18)
06/27/18 P Justin Hancock Shoulder 60-day DL (06/26)
06/24/18 P Rob Zastryzny Back 10-day DL (06/24)
05/26/18 P Yu Darvish Triceps 10-day DL (05/23)
03/26/18 P Drew Smyly Elbow 60-day DL (02/16)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
08/01/18 RF Brian Goodwin Groin 10-day DL (07/29)
07/31/18 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Back 60-day DL (05/16)
07/11/18 P Ian Kennedy Oblique 10-day DL (07/11)
07/06/18 P Blaine Boyer Back 60-day DL (05/29)
06/27/18 P Justin Grimm Shoulder 10-day DL (06/24)
06/17/18 LF Jorge Soler Foot 10-day DL (06/16)
05/27/18 P Eric Skoglund Arm 60-day DL (05/26)
03/30/18 P Nathan Karns Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 CF Bubba Starling Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jesse Hahn Elbow 60-day DL (03/06)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cubs have a 64-47 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Montgomery has a 3-4 record with an earned run average of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.35 this year. He has 56 strikeouts over his 92.1 innings pitched and he's given up 96 hits. He's allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.04. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have given up 343 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen and they've struck out 404 hitters and walked 195 batters. As a team, Chicago allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Cubs pitchers collectively have given up 896 base hits and 428 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 466 batters and struck out 908. They have walked 4.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.39.
As a team Chicago is hitting .267, good for 2nd in the league. The Cubs hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .247 with an on-base percentage of .365. He has 78 hits this season in 316 at bats with 48 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .481 and an OPS+ of 121. Willson Contreras is hitting .281 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .371. He has totaled 96 hits and he has driven in 40 men in 342 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .450. The Cubs have 1,033 hits, including 210 doubles and 120 home runs. Chicago has walked 424 times so far this season and they have struck out 930 times as a unit. They have left 872 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 5.02 runs per contest and have scored a total of 557 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 34-77 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.39, Brad Keller has a 4-4 record and a 1.36 WHIP this season. He has 54 strikeouts over the 82.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 77 hits. He allows 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.67. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.38 and they have given up 404 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .277 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 292 batters and walked 170 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 30th in the league in team earned run average at 5.36. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,076 base knocks and 583 earned runs this season. They have given up 150 home runs this year, which ranks 3rd in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 398 hitters and struck out 794 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.51 while their FIP as a staff is 4.86.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 24th in the league. The Royals hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .301, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Whit Merrifield comes into this matchup batting .307 with an OBP of .375. He has 129 hits this year along with 37 RBI in 420 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .436 with an OPS+ of 123. Salvador Perez is hitting .232 this season and he has an OBP of .270. He has collected 82 hits in 354 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 89 and a slugging percentage of .432. The Royals as a unit have 912 base hits, including 187 doubles and 97 homers. Kansas City has walked 286 times this year and they have struck out on 877 occasions. They have had 745 men left on base and have an OPS of .676. They have scored 3.72 runs per game and totaled 413 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cubs/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cubs -181
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