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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Edinson Volquez, RHP
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    Edinson Volquez, last 3 starts
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    Edinson Volquez, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Volquez has won his last two starts, but he has lost two of his three road games this season, allowing five or more hits in each game. His luck could turn around against the Cubs, against whom Volquez is 7-0 and with a 2.90 ERA in 11 career games.

Jake Arrieta, RHP
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    Jake Arrieta, last 3 starts
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Arrieta has posted quality starts in his last three outings, but wasn't happy with his last start vs. the D-backs when he gave up three earned runs over six innings. Maybe being back at Wrigley will help. He has a 2.41 ERA in five home starts.

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Kansas City Royals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 3 starts
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    Yordano Ventura, regular season
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Even after giving up four runs off five hits in his loss to the Cardinals last Sunday, Ventura says he is feeling more confident with each game he pitches six or seven innings.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel made a late adjustment in his last start vs. D-backs, who were jumping on his first pitch. He did not give up a hit after the third inning, but it was too late and he took the loss. He's 1-3 with a 4.99 ERA in eight career games vs. Royals.

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Kansas City Royals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
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    Jeremy Guthrie, last 3 starts
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Games like Guthrie's last -- allowing four home runs and 11 runs in one inning pitched -- can't be expected as the norm for the Royals starter, but he has given up six or more hits and two or more runs in five appearances on the road this season.

Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
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    Tsuyoshi Wada, last 5 years vs. KC
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This will be Wada's third start since coming off the disabled list. He has yet to pitch beyond the sixth in either start. The good news, opponents are batting .222 against him. He's struck out 15 while walking three over 10 innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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    Kyle Hendricks, last 3 starts
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In his last two starts, Hendricks has given up one run on nine hits over 16 innings for a 0.56 ERA. What's the difference? Better execution of his pitches. Instead of balls finding holes, they're finding his defenders.

To Be Announced

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