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.
Arizona Phil 8 hours 23 min ago (view)
Alexander Vizcaino will get a 4th minor league option in 2024 (if needed).
Cubster 11 hours 11 min ago (view)
Frank Zappa: and don't you eat the yellow snow...
crunch 12 hours 23 min ago (view)
"Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mets and Cubs are currently in discussion on deals for Kris Bryant And Zach Davies."
that's like ordering ice cream with mustard on top.
Sonicwind75 12 hours 41 min ago (view)
Jackstraw 13 hours 39 min ago (view)
Shit just got real.
cubbies.4ever 14 hours 14 min ago (view)
Should've insisted on Gleyber Torres back.
crunch 14 hours 25 min ago (view)
an 18yo CF'r and a flailing 24yo SP with huge upside and little realization of that upside.
can't complain too much. alcantara is a legit piece to snag, even if a near-MLB-ready guy would be more ideal.
crunch 14 hours 31 min ago (view)
Kevin Alcantara (CF) - https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=alcant000kev
Alexander Vizcaino (SP) - https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=vizcai000ale
Sonicwind75 14 hours 31 min ago (view)
Twitter says Alcantara and Vizcaino are coming back. #7 and #12 ranked prospects (fangraphs) in Yankees system. Cubs paying all of Rizzo salary.
Cubster 14 hours 33 min ago (view)
mlbtr see Rizzo to Yankee...no details yet.
crunch 14 hours 33 min ago (view)
evidently the yankees wanted rizzo more...
crunch 15 hours 52 min ago (view)
"we want rizzo" chant going unmentioned by the booth.
c'mon guys. let's not pretend this isn't the trade deadline, the 9th inning, and neither rizzo/bryant seem to be grabbing a bat to pinch hit.
Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 17 min ago (view)
You won't see Ryan Tepera pitch to him as a Cub. He's heading to the White Sox for Bailey Horn
crunch 18 hours 28 min ago (view)
im about done seeing cubs pitchers throwing to j.votto
crunch 18 hours 29 min ago (view)
d.maples IL, too (blister)
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 39 min ago (view)
I get the sense they're trying to showcase Brothers, Morgan, and Ryan to see if they can get anything for any of them. If they stick around, might also be auditioning them to see if any are worth keeping on 40 man over the winter. My guess is only one survives. Morgan and Brothers have 1 year of control left, Ryan will have two or three, depending how long he stays up for the rest of the year.