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The Kansas City Royals, including MJ Melendez, will match up against Jameson Taillon and the Chicago Cubs on August 18 at 2:20 PM ET at Wrigley Field.
Game Info and MJ Melendez Props
- Day: Friday, August 18, 2023
- Time: 2:20 PM ET
- TV Channel: MLB Network
- Hits Prop: Over/under 1 hit (Over odds: -222)
- Home Runs Prop: Over/under 1 home run (Over odds: +350)
- Total Bases Prop: Over/under 2 total bases (Over odds: +115)
MJ Melendez Stats
- Melendez is batting .235 with an OBP of .306 and a slugging percentage of .391 this season.
- He has collected a hit in 74 of 115 games this year (64.3%), with multiple hits in 20 games (17.4%).
- He has gone deep in 9.6% of his games this season, including 2.6% of his chances at the plate.
- Melendez has delivered an RBI in 29 of 115 games this year, with multiple RBI in 12 of them. He has also driven in three or more of his team’s runs in two contests.
Cubs Pitching Stats and Rankings
- The Cubs staff has put up a 8.4 K/9, which ranks 22nd in the majors.
- The Cubs have the 16th-ranked team ERA in baseball at 4.25.
- The Cubs have surrendered the ninth-fewest homers in the majors (135 total, 1.1 per game).
- The Cubs will send Taillon (7-7) to the mound for his 22nd start this season.
- The 31-year-old has an ERA of 5.71, a 2.84 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.394 in 21 games this season.
Melendez’s recent games
- vs. Mariners on August 17: 2-for-4, 1 RBI
- vs. Mariners on August 16: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
- vs. Mariners on August 15: 3-for-5, 1 R
- vs. Mariners on August 14: 0-for-4, 3 K
- vs. Cardinals on August 12: 1-for-2
- vs. Cardinals on August 11: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
- at Red Sox on August 10: 1-for-4, 1 K
- at Red Sox on August 9: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
- at Red Sox on August 8: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB
- at Red Sox on August 7: 3-for-4, 1 K
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