Cubs vs. Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 63-65)

The Cubs return from a challenging 7-game road trip to take on the Cardinals on home turf. The Cardinals come in trailing the tied Cubs and Brewers by 3 games in the division. The Cubs continue to labor without Trevor Williams and now Adbert Alzolay--the matchups you'll find below are my best guess at the probables.

Game 63, Friday, June 11, 1:20 pm central

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 4.59 ERA) Kohl Stewart (1-1, 3.12 ERA)

STL: RHP Johan Oviedo (0-2, 5.25 ERA)

Hendricks has won 5 in a row going back to his May 16 win in Detroit. Last time out, he went 6.1 and allowed 3 earned runs in San Francisco. On May 21, he went 6.2 and allowed 3 runs, one earned, to the Cardinals. Stewart allowed 5 earned runs in the opening game before the Cubs came back to win the slugfest.

The 23-year-old Oviedo will be facing the Cubs for the first time in 2021. He went 0-1 against the Cubs in 2020, allowing five earned runs in 9.2 innings. Last time out, he went four innings against the Reds and allowed two earned runs while striking out four.

Game 64, Saturday, June 12, 6:15 pm central

CHC: RHP Kohl Stewart (1-1, 3.12 ERA) Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 4.59 ERA)

STL: RHP John Gant (4-3, 2.63 ERA)

Hendricks has won 5 in a row going back to his May 16 win in Detroit. Last time out, he went 6.1 and allowed 3 earned runs in San Francisco. On May 21, he went 6.2 and allowed 3 runs, one earned, to the Cardinals.

John Gant is back in a starting role for the first time since 2018. He's gotten surprisingly good results compared to his peripherals; he has a strikeout to walk ratio of nearly one-to-one. He allowed seven earned runs in four innings to Cincinnati in his last start.

Game 65, Sunday, June 13, 6:08 pm central

CHC: RHP Zach Davies (3-3, 4.45 ERA)

STL: RHP Carlos Martinez (3-6, 6.21 ERA)

Davies most recent start was his second longest and possibly his best of the 2021 season. He went six innings, allowed zero earned runs, and struck out four while allowing only one hit. He faced the Cardinals on May 23, when he pitched five scoreless innings.

Martinez took a no-decision on his previous matchup with the Cubs, allowing two earned runs in six innings on May 21. His last two starts have inflated his ERA quite a bit--he gave up seven earned runs in 0.2 innings pitched to the Dodgers and five earned runs in four innings pitched to Cleveland. He did notch a season high seven strikeouts in that loss to Cleveland.


Dakota Chalmers DFA, Higgins to IL, Lobaton selected 

weird...k.stewart starting today (Friday) with hendricks tommorow and supposedly sunday is z.davies or a.mills

dunno what's going on with davies, but d.ross said pre-game he's have to "check in" with davies on sunday for availability.

j.pederson homers are nice, but him standing around in the box watching the ball fly before deciding to move is getting old.

he's done it on a more than one basket shot...


14 pitch at bat...10 fouled, 9 after strike 2.

homer...tie game.

joe buck and aj pierzynski calling the game.

good job fox.  you're doing your buddies the ricketts wrong.

half hour bottom 2nd...5 cubs runs on 2 hits.

pederson with 5HR in 8 games.  neet.

Aroid tonight! Boo!

I rather enjoyed Pierzynski yesterday. A-Rod, yeah no.

pierz has a great head on him and is a top tier analyst (imo) when it comes to seeing what's going on with the game...his mian knock being his boring voice behind the mic.  i think he'll age into the role well if he keeps at it.

AJ was good to listen to last night. He actually was complimentary of the Cubs at times. Told good stories. Played to the crowd when they started chanting Michael Barrett. And, he countered Buck multiple times when Buck went know it all. 

ARod isn't nearly as good as that.

cubs sweep the cards.  unf.

24-10 at home.  wsox are 25-11 at home, btw.  catching a home game in chicago has a killer payoff so far this year.

Tired of Aroid!

he was comparing a lot of players to oldschool guys last night.

gotta give him props for that carlos martinez/pascaul perez comparison, though...

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 20 min ago (view)

    Does anyone know what type of injury Amaya has?


  • Hagsag 1 hour 24 min ago (view)

    I can not believe what a good 3b he has been playing.


  • Wrigley Rat 7 hours 14 min ago (view)

    Robert Stock was claimed off waivers by the Mets.


  • crunch 9 hours 14 min ago (view)

    HR in the 8th.  dope.


  • crunch 11 hours 24 min ago (view)

    he's back out in the field in the top 3rd...must be okay, but he sure doesn't look confidently healthy.  *shrug*  off-day tomorrow...


  • crunch 11 hours 34 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom seems to have injured his right leg/knee swinging a bat...


  • crunch 11 hours 56 min ago (view)

    “It did not feel good to take Javy out of the game,” Ross said. “I never feel comfortable doing that at all. That's a pit in my stomach and it was in my stomach the entire game.”


    “I blame it on myself. I lost the count of the outs,” Báez said. “We talked about it. We're on the same page. I'll be there tomorrow to help the team.”


  • First.Pitch.120 13 hours 33 min ago (view)

    The thing that gets me is that she cheated with the guy providing religous-based pre-marital counseling. Hmmm... this guy is abusing his (quasi-)professional couseling position to pursue an intimate relationship; forgot the parts of the Bible about lying, cheating, & doing dirty by the 2016 WS MVP; and clearly has very conflicted feelings on the marriage construct... yep, I'm blowing up multiple people's lives to ride-or-die with THAT guy. 


  • Hagsag 14 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I am with my hero Zo.


  • crunch 16 hours 10 min ago (view)

    whole zobrist thing got fleshed out (no pun) in public now...


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 12 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed C Harrison Wenson (ex-LAA) to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to Hi-A South Bend. Wenson spent five seasons in the Angels organization, and he got an NRI to MLB Spring Training as an extra catcher with the Halos this past spring. 


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    69 (nice) pitches...goes 4.2ip and leaves with a man on 1st

    4.2ip 3h 1bb 5k, 3r/er (2hr)

    alzolay continues to have the HR screw him over.  12 given up in 62.1ip


  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    d.ross pulls baez for alcantara for what was either a mental mistake forgetting the outs or totally not hustling by baez in the bottom 4th running the bases.

    cubs are down by 1.

    hell of manager power play.  hope this plays out well...expect it will.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    nico expected back in early july...duffy had a "setback" and is in limbo...bote has started baseball activities, but nowhere near a return time.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    haha.  ump checked alzolay's hat and glove between innings and declared it all clear.

    stuff so nasty they wanna make sure you're not on that "sticky fingers" bandwagon.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    11 pitches, 2 Ks and a hard ground out to start things for alzolay.

    i wonder how many pitches he'll be allowed to throw if he can keep the game under control.  velocity and movement looks great.