An interleague matchup concludes on Thursday, August 6, 2020, when the red-hot Chicago Cubs (10-2) visit the struggling Kansas City Royals (3-10). Chicago is currently on a six-game winning streak and leads the National League Central by 4.5 games, while Kansas City has lost six in a row and sits at the bottom of the AL Central 7.5 games back of the first place Minnesota Twins. This game will air live on FOX at 7:07 p.m. EST.
Chicago has come into Kansas City and completely shutdown the Kansas City Royals offense. The Cubs rode the arm of Alec Mills to a 2-0 shutout win in game one and then got behind an electric Yu Darvish to win game three 6-1. The only game featuring any offense was game two when the Cubs held off a late Royals rally to win 5-4.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Chicago Cubs (-177) at Kansas City Royals (+150)
Pitching Matchup: Tyler Chatwood (2-0, 0.71 ERA, 19K) vs Brad Keller (first appearance of 2020)
Tyler Chatwood is set to make his third start of the season as one of the very early Cy Young candidates looks to continue rolling. Chatwood got his season started with a six inning, three hit, one earned gem against the Milwaukee Brewers. The righty struck out eight and walked two, while holding opponents to a .143 batting average. Chatwood was even better in his second start as he held the Pirates scoreless, on just three hits, and 11 strikeouts in a 6.2 inning win. The 30-year-old has given up just six hits and one run, while striking out 19, in 12.2 innings pitched this season.
Brad Keller is set to make his first start of 2020 after the righty had to get back into shape after testing positive for COVID-19. The righty has made one career start against Chicago, back in 2018, when he went six innings, allowed four earned runs on seven hits, and struck out four Cubs. Keller suffered the loss in that game.
History: The Chicago Cubs lead the all-time series 17-10 after taking the first three of this four game series. Chicago has not lost the season series to Kansas City since 2011.
Free MLB Picks: I like the Chicago Cubs to complete the four-game sweep.
2020 Picks Record: 18-9