Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals MLB Thursday Betting Odds and Analysis (August 06)

August 5th, 2020 MLB Baseball, Sportsbook

Kansas City was written off for dead before the 2020 season even started. New ownership, management, and roster mean the start of a rebuild. Contrarily the Cubs are thinking of one last great run. Chicago has a top-five payroll and the ability that it buys. A solid betting on MLB games start adds to their credibility. Handicappers and the baseball community agree that the Cubs are top-shelf contenders. Many believe Chicago was an underachiever in 2019. Manager Joe Maddon’s shelf life clearly expired. Namely, David Ross is the fresh managerial voice and mind necessary for a reboot.

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals

Date and Time:Thursday, August 6, 6:15 p.m. ET
Location:Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Cubs at Royals TV Coverage:FOX
Cubs at Royals SBG Odds:Click Here

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Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals SBG Odds Analysis

Chicago brings considerably more sportsbook credibility. Counter to that is a rebuilding Royals team that lost over 100 games in 2019. Not even bargain hunters are eager for a KC ticket. Oddsmakers will mark the price up to scare off a flood of Cubs cash. As a result, the run line may be considered by those not wanting the big lay.

Chicago Cubs Overview

First place in the National League Central belongs to the Cubs. Chicago is 9-2 with six games over the total. MLB metrics have the Cubs 10th for runs scored and 13th for ERA.

Key Chicago Cubs: SP Tyler Chatwood 2-0, 0.71 ERA, 12.2 IP, 6 H, 0 HR, 4 BB, 19 SO, 0.79 WHIP, CF Ian Happ .281AVG, .395 OBP, .625 SLG, 1.020 OPS, 5 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1 SB

Kansas City Royals Overview

The last place in the American League West is the Royals. Kansas City is 3-9 with seven-under. KC ranks 23rd for runs scored and 18th for ERA. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny steps into a massive rebuild. Contrarily from his tenure with the Cardinals.

Key Kansas City Royals: SP Brad Keller (2019 stats) 7-14, 4.19 ERA, 165.1 IP, 154 H, 15 HR, 70 BB, 122 SO, 1.35 WHIP, 2B Whit Merrifield .286 AVG, .327, .531 OBP, .531 SLG, .858 OPS, 8 R, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals Betting Trends

The Cubs are:

  • 6-10 in their last 16 games on the road
  • 11-3 over the total in away games
  • 5-4 in their last nine games at Kansas City
  • 3-5-1 under the total in away games with the Royals

The Royals are:

  • 7-13 in their last 20 home games
  • 3-7-1 under the total at Kauffman Stadium
  • 6-12 overall head to head vs. the Cubs
  • 3-8-1 under the total vs. Chicago

Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals SBG Free Pick

Chicago’s strong start is indicative of the faith many still have in them. More emphatically the Cubs are a classic underachiever from 2019. Joe Maddon’s departure may have been best for all concerned. Starting with a deep roster is this a Betting on MLB games pennant contender. Kansas City lacks the roster to last with the Cubs. A long rebuild of several years is their reality. Of course, an individual baseball game can go either way. But odds are the outclassed Royals are overmatched.

Cubs at Royals SBG Best Bet: Chicago Cubs

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