Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 4.23 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (12-8, 4.40 ERA) take the hill in the first of a one-game series between the Chicago Cubs (90-65) and the Kansas City Royals (90-65) at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the last game 2-1 back on May 31 and this is a makeup game from that series. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Sep. 28 and can be seen on FSKC and CSCh.

Hendricks pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs and striking out eight in a 4-1 defeat to the Brewers. Kris Bryant (.282, 86 Rs, 26 HRs, 99 RBIs, 13 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Ventura went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-3 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Lorenzo Cain (.308, 99 Rs, 16 HRs, 71 RBIs, 28 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Royals, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run.

Kansas City is a slim -108 favorite over Chicago. The Cubs have an overall money line of +957 and a record as the underdog of 25-27. Against the AL, they have a 3-4 record when they were the underdog and 9-10 SU. Chicago is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.5 per game. As for the pitchers, the Cubs are the top team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.18 so far this season.

As for their opponent, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +1,639 and an impressive record of 55-36 as the favorite. Kansas City has put in a great performance against National League opponents, coming in with a nice record SU ({}) and as the favorite (10-2). The Royals are an excellent base stealing team with 99 stolen bases, ranking fifth in the MLB. The Royals allow 4.0 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Royals are fifth in the AL on the road with an average of 8.6 hits allowed per away game.

The Cubs have a 71-51 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ventura takes the mound. Hendricks (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have a 62-39 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - KC


After last game's shutout win against the Pittsburgh, the Cubs now have 19 shutouts this season. The Royals have been shut out in 10 games this season.

The Cubs are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Royals have a 25-29 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.

When they are outhit, the Royals are 13-56. The Cubs have a 17-46 record when opponents outhit them.

Ranking 25th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 133 this season. Chicago ranks 10th with 167 home runs.

Ranking 15th, Chicago is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.23 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five at third with 9.28.

Ranking 17th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.722). Kansas City ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .740.

When the Royals allow at least one home run, they are 40-49. When the Cubs allow one or more homers, they have a 42-42 record.