Tsuyoshi Wada (0-0, 2.70 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (25-22) go up against Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.64 ERA) and the Kansas City Royals (29-18) in the second of a two-game interleague series at Wrigley Field. The Royals won the last game 8-4 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 2:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 31 and will air on FSN-KC and ABC7.
In his last start, Wada pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one run, striking out six and walking two in a 2-1 loss to the Nationals. Kris Bryant (.282, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs, 5 SBs) played well again Friday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. In his career against the Cubs, Guthrie is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, and two strikeouts. Kendrys Morales (.309, 32 Rs, 6 HRs, 37 RBIs) went 1 for 1 Friday.
Chicago is a -138 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. When playing as the favorite, the Cubs have a 16-13 record and overall money line at -9. They stand winless with a 0-1 record as the favorite and a 0-1 record SU against the American League. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking third in all of baseball with 43 steals. Chicago's pitchers struggle against teams that play in the American League. The Cubs have given up an average of 8.0 runs to opponents from the AL, well over their defense's season average of 4.2. The Cubs don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the NL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
Switching gears, the Royals come into this game with a solid win percentage of .619 when playing as the underdog (13-8) and an overall money line of +1,043. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 6-4. The top hitting team in the AL are the Royals, who average 9.7 hits per game. The Royals are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 3.53 ERA this season.
So far this season, the Royals are 1-0 against the Cubs. The Cubs will take on a right-hander (Guthrie) in this game and have a 21-19 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Wada will take the mound against the Royals, who have a 19-13 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
When the Royals play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Cubs are 5-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Royals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Cubs have a 5-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cubs are 14-3. The Royals have a 26-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Chicago is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 193 this season. Kansas City ranks in the top five at second with 223.
Ranking 30th, Kansas City is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 96 this season. Chicago ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 163.
The Cubs are 18-10 when they hit at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 19-8 record.