Chicago Cubs vs Kansas City Royals Betting Odds
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If the Chicago Cubs can reach the World Series for the second time in three years, they’ll have the chance to put their dominance over American League opponents to the test. The Cubs are 10-4 in interleague play this season and 37-17 against AL foes since 2016, and they’ll try to add to those totals when they aim to finish off a three-game sweep of the host Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
The Cubs have claimed the first two games of the series behind dominant pitching, outscoring Kansas City 8-1 after Mike Montgomery and three relievers combined for a six-hit shutout Tuesday. Chicago has won five of its last seven to extend its National League Central lead to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee.
The Royals have lost six straight overall and each of their last 10 against left-handed starting pitchers, and they’ll face another southpaw Wednesday in Jose Quintana. Kansas City is tied with Baltimore for the worst record in the majors.
Chicago Cubs vs Kansas City Royals Starting Pitchers Report
Cubs LH Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.12 ERA): Quintana has been guilty of nibbling at the strike zone and having the walks pile up at times, but the 29-year-old pounded the zone last time out. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk while limiting San Diego to one run over six innings to win for the fourth time in five starts. Quintana is 3-9 with a 4.05 ERA in 24 starts against the Royals, a familiar foe from his days in the American League Central.
Royals RH Heath Fillmyer (0-1, 3.86): Fillmyer has yet to pitch in a game the Royals have won. The 24-year-old rookie is making his fifth major-league start with only one quality start among them, and he gave up three runs over three innings before a lengthy rain delay cut short his last outing at Minnesota. Fillmyer doesn’t miss many bats - he has 18 strikeouts across 30 1/3 innings since being called up June 24.
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Chicago Cubs Betting Odds Trends
|Chi Cubs is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 6 games|
|Chi Cubs is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Chi Cubs's last 7 games on the road|
|Chi Cubs is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas City|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Chi Cubs's last 5 games when playing Kansas City|
Kansas City Royals Betting Odds Trends
|Kansas City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Kansas City is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games|
|Kansas City is 7-17 ATS in its last 24 games at home|
|Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas City's last 7 games at home|
|Kansas City is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games when playing Chi Cubs|
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