The 2021 season has not been pleasant for the Chicago Cubs, who host the Royals on Sunday. The Cubs entered the weekend 12-37 since their combined no-hitter on June 24.
The Royals have gotten production from Carlos Hernandez recently. He surrendered one run or fewer in three of his last four starts, with just four walks issued in his last four starts. He issued 6.7 walks per nine innings through his first 14 total pitching appearances.
The Cubs will look to Alec Mills to piggyback off his last five starts. He allowed two runs or fewer in four of them, but the team was unable to capitalize with a 1-5 record is his past six appearances.
Since the All-Star break, the Cubs rank last in bullpen ERA (6.30) and the Royals rank second (3.72). Kansas City is 4-1 in Hernandez’s last five starts, while Chicago began the month of August 4-14, and both trends will continue on Sunday with a Royals win.
The play: Royals, -105.