Cubs Game Notes For Monday vs. Kansas City
* Kansas City and Chicago were rained out at Wrigley Field on May 30, and are playing a make-up game tonight.
* The Royals beat the Indians, 3-0, yesterday, snapping a two-game losing streak, and recording just their eighth shutout of the 2015 campaign (T-23rd fewest in MLB). Kansas City and Toronto are currently tied for the AL’s best record in the race for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
* The Cubs beat the Pirates, 4-0, last night, snapping a three-game losing streak, and improving to 90-65 in 2015 – their first 90+ win season since going 97-64 and winning the NL Central in 2008. Chicago has 19 shutouts this year (2nd most in the majors).
* These clubs’ split the first two meetings of the season, and will be playing just their third game against each other at Wrigley Field in the last 14 seasons tonight. The Cubs are 7-4 all-time at home vs. the Royals.
* Yordano Ventura got a no-decision last Wednesday vs. the Mariners (6.0 IP, 3 ER), and is now 8-1 with a 3.58 ERA in his last 12 starts overall. Ventura went 7.0 innings and allowed just one run (earned) in his first and only career outing vs. the Cubs earlier this season, but got a no-decision for his efforts.
* Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs (all earned) in 6.0 IP last Wednesday vs. the Brewers, taking the loss, and falling to 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in his last eight starts. Tonight will be Hendricks’ first career appearance against Kansas City.
* Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 last night, completing the weekend series vs. the Pirates with three multi-hit games, and a .545 batting average (6-for-11). Bryant is 19-for-42 (.452 BA) with eight multi-hit performances in his last 11 games overall.