Cubs @ Cardinals: Series Thread (Games 94-97)
The Cubs and the Cardinals have their final meeting before the 2021 trade deadline--with the Cubs looking to become big-time sellers and the at this point stubbornly holding on to potential free agents (Molina, Wainwright, Miller, and Kim). They'll start the series tied and nine full games behind the Brewers, two behind the Reds. The Wild Card outlook is not much better. See below for the projected matchups (to-be updated when possible).
Game 94, Monday, July 19, 7:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Alec Mills (4-2, 4.84 ERA)
STL: RHP Jake Woodford (1-1, 4.62 ERA)
Mills earned a win before the break despite allowing three earned runs to the Phillies. He went 5.2 and stuck out five hitters. Since subbing into the rotation on June 15, he's had a 3.65 ERA, struck out more than a batter per inning, and kept his walk rate under 3 per nine innings. Matt Carpenter is 3-8 off of him with two homers, and Tommy Edman is 6-7.
Jake Woodford is set to transition from the bullpen to the rotation for his first start in 2021. He's made 17 relief appearances St. Louis this season and three starts at AAA. He featured an average all around four pitch mix and relatively high walk rates this season. In 55 plate appearances this season, lefties have a significant advantage, batting over .300 and slugging over .600 off of the righty.
Game 95, Tuesday, July 20, 7:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Trevor Williams (3-2, 5.51 ERA)
Trevor Williams has made on appearance since returning from the IL, a 3.2 inning relief appearance in which he allowed seven runs, three earned, to the Phillies. He's had inconsistent command and inconsistent results throughout the first two months of the season prior to his appendectomy. The strikeouts have been there, but he's also missed in the zone and gotten hit very hard at times, leading to a .353 BABIP and a high homerun rate.
The Cardinals could potentially recall Johan Oviedo, although the top prospect has struggled in the majors this year and even had a bit of a shouting match with an opposing hitter a couple of weeks back.
Game 96, Wednesday, July 21, 7:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (12-4, 3.65 ERA)
STL: RHP Adam Wainwright (7-6, 3.61 ERA)
This one is the classic Cubs vs. Cards matchup. Hendricks has won 10 of his last 12 and twice has not earned a decision. Going back to May 16, he's held an ERA of 2.48 and a walk rate of only 1.53 per nine innings. His homerun rate during that time is just a touch over one per nine innings. No Cardinals have truly feasted off of Hendricks, although he has not fully nullified Arenado or Goldschmidt. Adam Wainwright is one for two off the righty with a double.
Wainwright took a loss to the Giants on July 16, giving up four earned runs including two homers over six innings. He did, however, strike out seven and allowed five hits and one walk in that time. Ian Happ is 8-17 with four homeruns off of him while Javy is 5-32 with 11 strikeouts.
Game 97, Thursday, July 22, 7:15 pm central
CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4-9, 4.59 ERA)
STL: LHP Kwang Hyun Kim (5-5, 2.87 ERA)
Alzolay didn't look fully in command in his last start, but he muddled through five innings allowing two earned runs. He collected a season-low two strikeouts. He's made only one career start against the Cardinals before this.
Kwang Hyun Kim has made three scoreless starts in a row and has totaled 19 innings in that time. One of those starts was against the Cubs, when he struck out seven over six innings. Lefties have really struggled off of Kim both this season and across his MLB career.
Eric S 6 hours 13 min ago (view)
Cubs were Nootbaar'ed to the tune of 12-4 in Game 2
Cubster 7 hours 14 min ago (view)
With a Doubleheader loss, the Cubs are back on track for a better draft choice. Right now at 67 wins they pick #7, just ahead of KC and Minnesota who have 68-69 wins.
crunch 8 hours 43 min ago (view)
the shit sandwich that is zach davies is a 6 foot party sub.
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 46 min ago (view)
I am celebrating the day he signs with another team this offseason. I didn't know I could hate him more than I did when he was in Milwaukee but here we are!
crunch 9 hours 5 min ago (view)
wisdom can hit some bombs when he does connect..wow.
also davies still sucks.
tim815 9 hours 40 min ago (view)
McAvene is struggling against hitters in Instructs. He's not ready for the AZ Fall League. I'd expect to see Juan Gamez otr Aneuris Rosario first. Vazquez, I agree with, entirely.
bradsbeard 11 hours 31 min ago (view)
On the position player side, Amaya if he's healthy. Chase Strumpf makes a lot of sense (missed some time early and late, missed all of last year). Nelson Velazquez maybe as a Rule 5 guy if they're on the fence. Cam Balego and Andy Weber are two other candidates if healthy. Luis Vazquez could also use more upper level PAs and would make sense.
Lots of potential pitchers. Ideally Marquez but not sure they'll let him pitch this year. McAvene is probably another one. Would be awesome if Kohl Franklin could participate.
First.Pitch.120 12 hours 49 min ago (view)
Arizona Phil 17 hours 22 min ago (view)
Cubs select contract of RHRP Jason Adam from AAA Iowa and he will be the "29th man" in today's DH with STL. Also,.C Robinson Chirinos to 10-day IL with oblique strain, and OF Greg Deichmann has been recalled from Iowa.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 32 min ago (view)
FP120: The Cubs have been working on pick-off plays, baserunning including rundown ("pickle") drills, amd bunt defense in pre-game and Camp Day instructional work, so it's kind of a "Point of Emphasis." Apparently it's still a work-in-progress for a lot of the guys.And it's not just pick-off plays, either. At least two or three guys have been picked-off in the first three games and there have been a couple of other baserunning gaffes as well. But that's what instructs is for, right?
First.Pitch.120 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster).
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault).
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing
crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
chris clarke could use the work.
brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe. *shrug*
i'd like to see ethan roberts in the mix.
ggross 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Phil (or anyone else),
Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year? When will the announcements be made? Thanks!