Marky’s Monday MLB Forecast: Cubs-Royals Pitchers Will Have Hands Full

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Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jakob Junis

  • Coors Field and Globe Life Park in Arlington are being challenged by hot temps.
  • The Astros-Giants game is the only one of the night with a subpar Weather Rating.
  • Rain may impact games in Chicago, Denver, and Cleveland.

It’s the start of a new week and lovers of offense will be happy to see that both the Rockies and Rangers are at home. So, you know … most people (I hope).


We’ve got action at a new slew of ballparks and some all-around good hitting weather throughout the league. Let’s dive in and see what Monday has in store.

Our Weather Rating distills the hitter-friendliness for a particular game into one number. It is a proprietary Fantasy Labs model and shown on a scale of 0 to 100. The Weather Rating does not account for potential rainouts; rather, it simply examines all relevant atmospheric conditions (temperature, altitude, wind speed, humidity, and so on) to determine how batted-ball distance will be impacted.

Highest Weather Ratings

  • Pirates at Rockies: 74
  • Mariners at Rangers: 72
  • Cubs at Royals: 69

The turnstiles will be spinning at the two best hitting parks in the league tonight. After a week-long hiatus, the Rockies are back at Coors, though it isn’t peak Coors. Temperatures will be in the 70s and swirling winds won’t be helping. In fact, 65% of bettors are currently taking the under, which has pushed the total from 11 to 10.5 since opening. The under has hit at Coors 47.6% of the time historically when receiving the majority of the bets.

Texas will feature temps in the 90s with winds blowing in. Though over/under bets are split, nearly 90% of dollars are on the over which has helped catapult the total from 10.5 to 11.5, making it the highest of the evening.

Kansas City is a pitchers park, but Cole Hamels and Jakob Junis will have their hands full tonight. The temps will be near 100 at first pitch and winds will be blowing out. The only thing keeping the rating back a bit is the low humidity. This total has stuck at 9 since opening.

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Lowest Weather Ratings

  • Astros at Giants: 36

Just one rating below 50! Pretty standard night in San Fran, with temps around 60 and winds blowing out. The total of 7 sits alone as the lowest of the night.

Every other game has a rating of at least 54.

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Most of the action has moved away from the mid-Atlantic, which has apparently been in monsoon season over the past couple of weeks. However, we’re not entirely in the clear, as a few games may see delays:

  • Yankees at White Sox: The Yankees may want this one to get rained out … you know, because they just got swept by the Sox and what have you. Though they’re set to face the bad Sox team, scattered thunderstorms will be in the area throughout the evening.
  • Twins at Indians: This game should be good for the first few innings at least, but could see some storms in the latter innings.
  • Pirates at Rockies: Nobody ever wants to see this … rain at Coors. There’s not a super high chance, but some storms could roll through. More of a delay risk than anything else, but I’m guessing there aren’t too many folks out there who care about the starting pitchers in this game.

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