Cubs vs. Royals: Series Thread (Games 124-126)
The Cubs return home hot on two-game winning streak. They'll take on the AL Central trailers, the KC Royals, to start the homestand. See below for the matchups.
Game 124, Friday, August 20, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (6-9, 5.00 ERA)
KCR: RHP Brad Keller (7-12, 5.62 ERA)
Davies allowed three runs, zero earned, in six innings against Miami.
Keller's been pitching with the MLB club since 2018 but only just turned 26. He's having a down year right when one would hope to see him come into his own. He's never been one to miss many bats, and the BABIP fates have been unkind to him this season.
Game 125, Saturday, August 21, 1:20 pm central
KCR: LHP Kris Bubic (3-6, 5.09 ERA)
Oh, look it's Kris B.! This one was a 40th overall pick in 2018 and is going through his sophomore slump. He got knocked around to the tune of seven runs over 1.1 innings by the Cardinals last time out.
Game 126, Sunday, August 22, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (5-5, 4.19 ERA)
KCR: RHP Carlos Hernández (3-1, 4.33 ERA)
Alec Mills may be the Cubs' most valuable starting pitcher by the time this season is over. He's neck and neck with Kyle Hendricks so far and no one else is really in contention.
Hernández has split time this season between the bullpen and rotation while with the MLB club. He brings a plus fastball and middling other stuff.