Cubs vs. Royals Prediction
Can the Chicago Cubs avoid being upset when they go on the road to face the Kansas City Royals this evening at 8:15PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
967 Chicago Cubs at 968 Kansas City Royals
Monday, August 6, 2018
8:15PM ET – Kaufman Stadium
TV: FSKC (KC); NSC+ (Chi)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Cubs are favored on the road tonight, as they are getting odds of -185 to win. The Royals are listed with odds of +175 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 9 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 81 percent of the wagers going on Chicago on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Cubs split with Padres
The Cubs are coming off a four-game split at home with the struggling Padres. Chicago is 64-47 overall and 29-26 on the road. They hold a 1-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central race. Chicago is putting up 5.02 runs per game this season while allowing 4.14 runs per contest.
Cole Hamels get the start for the Cubs tonight, making his second start for the team. For the year, Hamels has 21 starts with a 4.53 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Hamels has recorded 123 strikeouts and 44 walks over 119.1 innings of work.
Royals on another skid
The Royals are coming off being swept at Minnesota by the Twins, and they have lost four straight games. Kansas City is now 34-77 overall and 15-37 at home. The Royals are scoring 3.72 runs per game this year while allowing 5.52 per contest.
Jakob Junis takes the mound for the Royals this evening. He is making his 21st start of the year and comes in with a 6-11 record, a 5.12 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Junis has pitched a total of 116.0 innings and has 106 strikeouts with 35 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cubs have won five straight against AL Central opponents and seven of their last nine interleague road games.
The Royals have lost seven of their last 10 interleague games and 20 of their last 28 home games against a team with a winning road record.
The Cubs haven’t been playing tremendous over the last week, but they are still much better than the Royals. Kansas City hasn’t had much momentum all season and now faces a rejuvenated Hamels that has a chance to play for a World Series now after being traded form the Rangers. Hamels pitched five scoreless in his Chicago debut and he can probably do the same tonight.
The Pick: Chicago Cubs -185