Cubs vs Royals Prediction MLB Picks Free 8/18

Cubs vs Royals Prediction MLB Picks Free 8/18

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Cubs vs Royals: MLB Predictions and Analysis

Introduction

The upcoming clash between the Chicago Cubs and the Kansas City Royals on August 18, 2023, holds the promise of an exciting matchup at Wrigley Field. In this comprehensive preview, we will delve into the pitching duel, offensive strategies, and recent team performances to provide valuable insights and predictions for the highly anticipated game.

 

Team Analysis

 

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs, with a record of 62-58, are determined to capitalize on their home-field advantage and secure a victory against the struggling Kansas City Royals.

Pitching Analysis

Jameson Taillon will be taking the mound for the Cubs. Despite his 7-7 record and a 5.71 ERA, Taillon has the potential to dominate the Royals' lineup and provide a strong foundation for the Cubs' success.

Hitting Analysis

Bobby Witt Jr., leading the Royals with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs, is a potent force in their lineup. Taillon's ability to contain Witt and limit his impact will be crucial for the Cubs.

Injury Report

Marcus Stroman's absence due to injury might impact the Cubs' pitching depth, but the team is well-equipped to manage the situation.

 

Kansas City Royals

The Royals, with a record of 39-84, face an uphill battle against the Cubs, but they're determined to turn their fortunes around.

Pitching Analysis

Cole Ragans will be on the mound for the Royals. With a 3-4 record and a 4.21 ERA, Ragans will be aiming to challenge the Cubs' hitters and keep his team in the game.

Hitting Analysis

Bobby Witt Jr.'s offensive prowess makes him a key player for the Royals. The team will rely on his ability to drive in runs and set the tone for their offense.

Injury Report

Brad Keller, Jake Brentz, Gavin Cross, and Nick Pratto are listed as injured for the Royals, which adds to the challenges they face.

 

Prediction

Our prediction for this game favors the Chicago Cubs, and here's why. Despite their recent struggles, the Cubs have the advantage of a more solid pitching performance from Jameson Taillon compared to Cole Ragans of the Royals. With a strong home-field presence and the potential to exploit the Royals' weaknesses, the Cubs are in a favorable position to secure a win. Additionally, considering the Royals' struggles on the road, we believe that the Cubs will not only win but also cover the -1.5 run line. Their offensive depth, Taillon's potential rebound, and the favorable odds make the Cubs a promising pick for this game. Jameson Taillon has a record of 1-0 with an ERA of 0.36 and 29 strikeouts in 4 appearances against the Royals in his career so expect him to dominate the Royals lineup on this game.

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