Jason Hammel (3-2, 2.98 ERA) and Yordano Ventura (3-4, 4.64 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs (25-22) and the Kansas City Royals (29-18) at Wrigley Field. The Royals won the last game 8-4 and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and can be seen on FOX and FSN-KC.
Hammel is 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA in his appearances against the Royals, and goes up against a good Kansas City offense which is batting .282 this season. Kris Bryant (.282, 26 Rs, 7 HRs, 32 RBIs, 5 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Ventura went 7.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 6-1 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing. Kendrys Morales (.309, 32 Rs, 6 HRs, 37 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday.
Chicago is a -130 favorite against Kansas City and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is unavailable as of now. The Cubs have an overall money line of +138 and a record as the favorite of 16-12. In interleague play, they have a 16-12 record when they were the favorite and 25-21 SU. The Cubs have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. Chicago is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 43 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Cubs are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season.
As for their opponent, Kansas City is coming in with an overall money line of +906 and an impressive record of 12-8 as the dog. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-3 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Royals have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.7 runs per game by averaging 3.0 during that stretch. Kansas City's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.52 ERA.
The Royals have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Cubs have a 21-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Ventura takes the mound. Hammel (RHP) will be on the hill against the Royals, who have an 18-13 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - KC, O/U - Under
Chicago recorded at least two errors for the 14th time this season.
The Royals are 3-0 in games that go into extra innings. Meanwhile, the Cubs are 5-2 in such matchups.
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 five at fourth 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.