Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/4/2020
Game: Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Location: Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Royals (+176) Cubs (-210)
Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs (7-2, 1st in NL Central) play the Kansas City Royals (3-7, 5th in AL Central) at Wrigley Field on Tuesday. The Cubs open this game at -210 while the Royals are priced at +176. The total is set at 9. The starting pitchers are Brady Singer and Kyle Hendricks.
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
8/3/2020 Nicky Lopez 2B Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 4
8/3/2020 Randy Rosario RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
8/2/2020 Chance Adams RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
8/2/2020 Hunter Dozier 3B Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/1/2020 Brad Keller SP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/31/2020 Foster Griffin RP Forearm Out for the season
7/28/2020 Mike Montgomery SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/16/2020 Kelvin Gutierrez 3B Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Chicago Cubs Injuries
8/2/2020 Jose Quintana SP Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
8/2/2020 James Norwood RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/26/2020 Brad Wieck RP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 5
7/23/2020 Daniel Descalso 2B Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 3-7 overall record this season. Singer (0-0 win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 5.00 and he has faced 40 batters in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.60 (4 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.200. He has allowed 8 base knocks (7.2 hits per 9 innings) with 4 free passes. Singer has taken the hill for 10 frames and is sitting with 10 strikeouts thus far. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen and they've struck out 48 hitters and walked 24 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.45. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 88 base hits and 43 earned runs. They have allowed 14 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 36 batters and struck out 77. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.96.
As a team Kansas City is hitting .241, good for 11th in the league. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .284, which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Jorge Soler is hitting .278 with an on-base percentage of .395. He has 10 hits this season in 36 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 154. Salvador Perez is hitting .244 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .262. He has totaled 10 hits and he has driven in 5 men in 41 at bats. His OPS+ is 89 while his slugging percentage is at .415. The Royals have 84 hits, including 21 doubles and 12 home runs. Kansas City has walked 16 times so far this season and they have struck out 94 times as a unit. They have left 61 men on base and have a team OPS of .694. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 40 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Chicago has a 7-2 overall mark this year. Hendricks (64-44 mark in his career) holds a 3.15 ERA and has given up 8.0 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.77 and he has faced 3,968 batters so far in his pro baseball career. In his MLB career, Hendricks has given up 868 hits while accumulating 830 strikeouts in 979 innings pitched. He has conceded 343 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.111 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 8.07 and they have given up 28 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .203 against the Cubs bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 30 batters and walked 23 opposing hitters. As a team, Chicago allows 6.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.28. The Cubs pitchers as a team have surrendered 58 base knocks and 39 earned runs this season. They have given up 13 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Chicago as a staff has walked 34 hitters and struck out 81 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.12 while their FIP as a staff is 4.60.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 16th in the league. The Cubs hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Anthony Rizzo comes into this matchup batting .214 with an OBP of .450. He has 6 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 28 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .536 with an OPS+ of 175. Willson Contreras is hitting .333 this season and he has an OBP of .419. He has collected 9 hits in 27 at bats while driving in 4 runs. He has an OPS+ of 189 and a slugging percentage of .630. The Cubs as a unit have 72 base hits, including 17 doubles and 15 homers. Chicago has walked 35 times this year and they have struck out on 90 occasions. They have had 65 men left on base and have an OPS of .795. They have scored 5.56 runs per game and totaled 50 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Cubs MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cubs (-210)
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