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Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago Cubs - 8/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Chicago Cubs (66-47) at Kansas City Royals (34-79)
Date & Time Wednesday August 8, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Kansas City Royals +200 / Chicago Cubs -217 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
WGN, FSKC
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MLB | Chicago Cubs (66-47) at Kansas City Royals (34-79)
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The Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals meet Wednesday in MLB action at Kauffman Stadium.

The Chicago Cubs look for another victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Cubs have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Chicago Cubs have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than one run. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 125 hits and 88 RBI while Anthony Rizzo and Albert Almora Jr. have combined for 203 hits and 105 RBI. Jose Quintana gets the ball, and he is 10-7 with a 4.12 ERA and 101 strikeouts this season. Quintana is 3-9 with a 4.05 ERA and 125 strikeouts in his career against the Royals.

The Kansas City Royals could use a victory here in order to snap a six-game losing streak. The Royals have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals have lost 11 of their last 14 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 130 hits and 37 RBI while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon have combined for 168 hits and 83 RBI. Heath Fillmyer gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Fillmyer’s first career game against the Cubs.

The Cubs are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 36-17 in their last 53 interleague games and 5-1 in Quintanas last 6 starts. The Royals are 13-38 in their last 51 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games and 0-4 in Fillmyers last 4 starts. The under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Kansas City Royals are back in one of those stretches where they just can't catch a break and are being treated like a punching bag by whoever they play. It just so happens they now throw out Fillmyer on the hill, a pitcher they have yet to win with in eight games this season. Quintana has allowed two or less runs in four of his last five starts and the Cubs have won eight of his last 11 starts. The Cubs should win this game, and I'll take the RL to add actual value to the bet. 

Pick:
Chicago Cubs -1.5

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