Chicago Cubs (8-2) at Kansas City Royals (3-8)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:05 pm (Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium)
Yu Darvish (1-1) (2.70) vs. Kris Bubic (0-1) (4.50)
The Line: Kansas City Royals +160 / Chicago Cubs -170 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action from Kauffman Stadium.
This is game three of a four-game home-and-home series between these teams this week. The Cubs won Monday’s game 2-0. In the Tuesday matchup, Chicago eked out a very tense 5-4 victory despite two runs from Kansas City in the top of the ninth. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Cubs were out-hit 10-9 in the Tuesday victory, but were able to withstand a last-minute charge from the Royals. Chicago’s Wilson Contreras had a nice game with a solo homer and two runs alongside a 2-for-4 line. Jason Heyward also blasted a (two-run) homer and plated two runs. Starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks earned the victory with 7.0 innings, seven hits and two earned.
For Wednesday’s game, the Cubs are sending out Yu Darvish in the starting role. Last season, Darvish finished 6-8 with a 3.98 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 178.2 innings of work overall. In 2020, Darvish has managed a 1-1 record so far with a 2.70 ERA and 12 Ks in 10.0 innings pitched.
Over on the Royals’ side, they had some offensive successes here and there on Tuesday but couldn’t string much together in the early-going. Adalberto Mondesi had a 3-for-4 evening with one run and an RBI. Starting pitcher Brady singer took the loss for Kansas City with 5.0 innings, five hits and four earned runs.
In the Wednesday matchup, Kansas City will send out Kris Bubic as the starter in game three. Bubic has just one start this year—and in his MLB career as a whole. Overall he’s 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and three strikeouts in 4.0 innings pitched.
The Cubs are 49-20 in their last 69 interleague games as a favorite and 37-17 in their last 54 interleague games overall. Chicago is 0-4 in their last four Wednesday games and 13-5 in their last 18 versus the American League Central.
Meanwhile, the Royals are 23-47 in their last 70 overall and 17-35 in their last 52 Wednesday games. Kansas City is 15-36 in their last 51 games as a home underdog and 8-20 in their last 28 interleague home games overall.
Pick: Going to stick with the Cubs. Most of that is based on the pitching matchup here. Darvish is coming off a solid start versus the Pirates, piling up seven Ks and generating 18 swinging strikes across six shutout innings. Darvish managed to post a 3.09 ERA across 16 starts in 2019, so he should be fine away from Wrigley Field. I expect Bubic to do fairly well here also, but Darvish has a much better chance at controlling the game from the mound.