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.

Comments

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...

rizzOH!

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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  • crunch 3 hours 37 min ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/SNYtv/status/1438300733460340738

    bit of an odd pause/delay in the middle of the video for some reason.  there was a better cut video of his baserunning out there, but it seems to have been removed from Twitter.

    long story short, he's as timid about baserunning as he is about throwing a baseball anywhere but to a catcher off of a mound.  we saw a little of that with the cubs, but not piling up a bunch in a single inning.

     

  • Eric S 6 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I searched the internets and struck out finding video of Big Jon's baserunning exploits 

     

  • crunch 19 hours 23 min ago (view)

    i highly suggest seeking out a highlight reel of his baserunning tonight.

     

  • Eric S 19 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Looks like after tonight, Jon Lester will need just one more win to reach 200 career wins - notwithstanding it helps the Redbirds, hope he gets it this year.

     

  • crunch 19 hours 36 min ago (view)

    cubs lose on a passed ball.  2021 yall.

     

  • crunch 20 hours 9 min ago (view)

    contreras gets an off day behind the plate...comes in to pinch hit...takes a HBP to the ribs.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 7 min ago (view)

    how about we quit pulling starters after 68 pitches at this point in the cubs season?  damn.

     

  • tim815 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    If a guy hits 5 homers in 5 games, calling up is possibly worth considering. If an injury.

     

  • crunch 1 day 20 hours ago (view)

    b.davis 2 HR in his first 2 AAA at bats.

    neet.

     

  • crunch 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    a.rivas 1st MLB homer.  p.wisdom ties bryant for team rookie HR record.

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Cubs were going to have to start scraping the bottom of the barrel eventually after bringing up all the Bonus Babies and can't miss guys like Ortega, Schwindel, Wisdom, Rivas, and Alcantra.

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    heyward to 7d concussion protocol...m.hermosillo from 10d to 60d IL...trayce "is this really all we got in the minors" thompson called up

     

  • crunch 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    heyward to 7d concussion protocol...m.hermosillo from 10d to 60d IL...trayce "is this really all we got in the minors" thompson called up

     

  • First.Pitch.120 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    And of course what Az Phil said about reading your own talent... oh, DJ... what might have been. 

     

  • First.Pitch.120 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    This is one of the reasons why I am not as down on the 2022 outlook as some people & I think that we are NOT looking at a huge rebuild. The org really hasn't been in this position in a long time - ie, having many players who might be interesting to another club & that the Cubs could live with trading. Only 2 examples of recent notable trades that happened in the off-season for the purpose of roster construction - 1) for Dexter Fowler, and 2) Adam Warren.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Brennen Davis will be first-time Rule 5 Draft eligible after next season (post-2022), so he could get called up to MLB anytime in 2022 if the Cubs think he's ready. 

    Besides Brennen Davis, other notable first-time Cubs Rule 5 Draft eligibles after next season (post-2022) will be RHSP Ryan Jensen, RHSP Kohl Franklin, OF Kevin Alcantara, OF Yohendrick Pinango, OF Cole Roederer, RHSP Chris Clarke, RHSP Caleb Killian, RHSP Richard Gallardo, RHSP Michael McAvene, INF Chase Strumpf, RHRP Cayne Ueckert, OF Darius Hill, 1B Nelson Maldonado. and 1B Bryce Ball.