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Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs 8/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The opening of a three-game interleague series will take place at the Wrigley Field between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago Cubs on Friday.  The Royals are in last place at 52-68 in the AL Central Division while the Cubs are in fourth-place at 54-69 in the NL Central Division.

 

Kansas City is coming from a four-game series against the Astros.  Kansas won the first three games at 7-6, 3-1, and 3-2 but lost the series finale at 6-3.  The Royals need to win after dropping six of their last 10 games.  The Royals batting is 14th at .243 and managed a total of 486 runs only which is tied for 25th this season.  The team is struggling at the mound, placing 27th with an ERA of 4.89.  They allow their opponents to bat at an average of .257 which is 25th in the league.  Catcher Salvador Perez leads the team with 30 homers and 78 RBIs.  2B Nicky Lopez leads with a .277 batting average and .347 OBP.  RF Whit Merrifield leads with 131 hits.  Brad Keller will start for the Royals on Friday’s opener.  The right-hand pitcher is 7-12 with a 5.62 ERA.  Across 123.1 innings this season,  Keller has 149 hits, 77 earned runs, allowed 16 home runs, 59 walks, and 109 strikeouts.

 

  • Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Kansas City is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road against the Chicago Cubs.

  • The total went UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 9 games against an opponent in the NL.

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Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs Predictions 8/20/2021

 

The Chicago Cubs snapped their 12-game losing streak after winning their last two games against the Reds.  After losing the series opener at 14-5, the Cubs almost shut out the Reds in the second and third game at 2-1 and 7-1.  The Cubs are struggling at the plate, posting a .231 batting average which is ranked 28th, and 512 runs scored which is ranked 21st in MLB.  The Cubs’ ERA dropped to 21st at 4.57 and they posted a whip of 1.38 which is 24th in MLB.  Chicago allowed their opponents to bat at an average of .250 which dropped to 21st in the league.  Catcher Wilson Contreras leads the Cubs with a .226 batting average and .333 OBP.  3B Kris Bryant leads Chicago with 87 hits.  SS Javier Baez leads the team with a team-high 22 home runs and 65 RBIs.  For Friday’s matchup, the Cubs are sending Zach Davies to the mound.  The right-hander is 6-9 with an ERA of 5.00.  Through 120.2 innings of work this season, Davies has 123 hits, 67 earned runs, allowed 16 home runs, 62 walks, and has struck out 91 batters this year.

 

  • The Chicago Cubs are 0-10 SU in its last 10 games at home.

  • The Chicago Cubs are 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home.

  • The total went UNDER in 7 of the Chicago Cubs’ last 9 games against Kansas City.

Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs. The MLB pick for this game goes to the Kansas City Royals.  Despite the Cubs winning their last two games, the Royals have been winning more recently.  Pitching has improved for the Royals.  Keller pitched well in his last outing against the Cardinals and has the slight edge versus Davies.  Chicago’s team has been struggling since trading several players.  Taking the game on the road is the Kansas City Royals.  Final score prediction at 5-2.

 

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Kansas City Royals vs Chicago Cubs 8/20/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:20 PM ET

 

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago

 

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021

 

TV: Marquee Sports

 

MLB Odds: Kansas City Royals -125

 

MLB Totals: 9.0

 

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