- JOC HOT: Joc Pederson, last eight games: .321/.321/.929 (9-for-28), two doubles, five home runs. Last four games: 7-for-17 (.412), three home runs.
- HOME COOKING: The Cubs have won their last five home games since May 31 and have won eight of their last nine, 10 of their last 12 and are 15-3 in their last 18 home games since sweeping a May 4 twin bill against the Dodgers, and have outscored their guests by 42 runs (93-51) in their last 18 home games.
- MORE ABOUT WINNING: May 21 started a stretch that sees the Cubs play 17 of 26 games away from Wrigley Field through June 17. The team is 15-6 in the first 21 games of that run.
- HOME RUN NOTES: The Cubs have homered in 12 straight games since May 31, hitting 26 long balls in that span. It’s the team’s most consecutive games with a home run since a 15-game stretch from April 23-May 9, 2019. The Cubs’ 88 home runs this season rank tied for third in the NL with the Reds, just three behind the Giants and Braves (91).
Here are today’s particulars.
Javy Báez was scratched from tonight's lineup.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 13, 2021
New #Cubs lineup: pic.twitter.com/Lgte9IPVLc
The reason for Javy being scratched:
Javy tried to chase down this fly ball in the 9th Saturday night. When he headed back to the field, kept flexing and looking at hand for much of the rest of the inning.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 13, 2021
"It's something we don't want to linger," said Ross, noting that the thumb was the issue. pic.twitter.com/YnSPpmuWa2
#Cardinals Lineup 06/13/21— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) June 13, 2021
1. Tommy Edman RF
2. Dylan Carlson CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Nolan Arenado 3B
5. Tyler O'Neill LF
6. Yadier Molina C
7. Matt Carpenter 2B
8. Paul DeJong SS
9. Carlos Martinez P
Starting Pitcher : Carlos Martinez
Zach Davies, RHP vs. Carlos Martinez, RHP
Zach Davies, last seven starts: 2.15 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, just one home run in 37⅔ innings. That includes six one-hit innings last Tuesday against the Padres. It also includes five shutout innings against the Cardinals May 23 in St. Louis.
Davies has started to throw like he did last year for the Padres, when he was one of the better starters in the league. Not a moment too soon, I might add. Just keep up the good work.
Carlos Martinez limited the Cubs to two runs in six innings May 21 in St. Louis. That included serving up a home run to Joc Pederson.
Since then? Hoo boy. Three starts, 10⅔ total innings, 15.19 ERA, 2.063 WHIP, .340 opponents BA. That included not getting out of the first inning against the Dodgers and allowing 10 runs.
Keep that up, Carlos. We’ll take one just like that Dodger game.
Today’s game is on ESPN.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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The 2021 Game Thread procedure will be a bit different than previous years. It will be similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.
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The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.
Discuss amongst yourselves.