Cubs vs. Royals odds, line: 2021 MLB picks, August 20 predictions from proven computer model
Teams coming off series wins clash in an interleague matchup on Friday afternoon when the Kansas City Royals take on the Chicago Cubs. The Royals (52-68), fifth in the American League Central, won three of four from the Houston Astros. The Cubs (54-69), fourth in the National League Central, have won two straight after posting a series win over the Cincinnati Reds. Chicago won three of four from Kansas City last season.
First pitch from Wrigley Field in Chicago is set for 2:20 p.m. ET. Chicago is a slim -111 favorite (risk $111 to win $100) on the money line in the latest Royals vs. Cubs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total runs scored is 8.5. Before making any Cubs vs. Royals picks, check out the latest MLB predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has dialed in on Cubs vs. Royals and revealed its predictions and best bets. You can visit SportsLine now to see its MLB picks. Here are the MLB odds and betting trends for Royals vs. Cubs:
- Royals vs. Cubs money line: Kansas City +101, Chicago -111
- Royals vs. Cubs run line: Kansas City -1.5 (+145)
- Royals vs. Cubs over-under: 8.5 runs
- KC: The Royals are 6-2 in their last eight games as a road favorite
- CHI: The Cubs are 21-5 in their last 26 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record
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Why you should back the Cubs
Right-hander Zach Davies (6-9, 5.00 ERA) is expected to take the mound for Chicago. He is looking for his first win since defeating Arizona on July 23. In his last outing, a no-decision at Miami on Saturday, he allowed three runs — none earned — on four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. In one career start against the Royals, Davies picked up a win, allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Offensively, right fielder Frank Schwindel has been red hot and enters the game on a seven-game hitting streak. During that stretch, he is 13-for-28 (.464) with six doubles, two homers and nine RBIs. In 17 games with the Cubs after claiming him off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, Schwindel is batting .390 with four homers, 15 RBIs and eight runs scored. This will be the first time he has faced the Royals.
Why you should back the Royals
Kansas City is expected to start right-hander Brad Keller (7-12, 5.62 ERA). Keller pitched well in his last start, a 9-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. In that game, he allowed four runs — two earned — on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight. In two career starts against the Cubs, Keller is 1-1, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits in 11 innings. He walked five and struck out 11.
Catcher Salvador Perez has paced the Royals’ offense, batting .273 with 30 homers, 78 RBIs and 55 runs scored in 119 games. He has hits in seven of the past 10 games, including a 3-for-4 performance with two homers and three RBIs against the New York Yankees on Aug. 10. In 10 career games against the Cubs, Perez is batting .244 with three doubles, one homer and three RBIs. In five games at Wrigley Field, he has four hits, including a double, home run and one RBI.
How to make Royals vs. Cubs picks
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