- THE PROFESSOR: Kyle Hendricks is the first Cub to record 12 wins prior to August since Jon Lester was 12-4 at the end of July 2018 and aims to become the first Cub with 13 victories since Carlos Zambrano was 14-7 entering August 2007. More on Kyle below.
- JAVY NEWS: Javier Báez, last 10 games: .400/.405/.675 (16-for-40) with two doubles and three home runs.
- GOOD THING ROBINSON CHIRINOS IS HERE NOW: Willson Contreras leads the majors with 78 starts and 656⅔ innings behind the plate. Dating to the start of the 2018 season, Contreras’ 2,902⅓ innings caught are second-most in the majors behind only J.T. Realmuto (2927⅔).
- OH, THAT NINTH INNING: The Cubs now have two wins on this road trip when they trailed entering the ninth inning after being 0-41 in those games prior to that. They are still undefeated when leading entering the ninth: 40-0.
Here are today’s particulars.
Here is tonight's #Cubs starting lineup vs. St. Louis.#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/zqbox3Nh3l— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 21, 2021
The #STLCards really need a bounce-back win. Waino knows a thing or two about those. pic.twitter.com/RuY4AF0QVH— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) July 21, 2021
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Adam Wainwright, RHP
Kyle Hendricks keeps cranking out good outings and wins. Over his last 15 starts since the beginning of May the Cubs are 12-3.
He threw six solid innings against the Cardinals July 9 at Wrigley Field and in his career he has a 2.82 ERA and 1.061 WHIP in 23 starts against them. Those numbers are a bit better in St. Louis: nine career starts at Busch Stadium, 2.73 ERA, 1.089 WHIP. He nearly threw a no-hitter there in 2016.
Just keep up the good work, Kyle.
This is Adam Wainwright’s 44th career start against the Cubs. That ties him with Tom Seaver for fourth-most against the Cubs in the divisional play era (since 1969). The four ahead of Wainwright, two of whom he might catch before 2021 ends: Steve Rogers (45), Phil Niekro (46), Bob Forsch (49) and Steve Carlton (65).
Wainwright turns 40 next month, but is still pitching well. He’s the only St. Louis starter who hasn’t missed a start due to injury this year. He shut the Cubs down on one hit in eight innings May 23 in St. Louis, though the Cubs won the game in extra innings.
Ian Happ has had particular success against him: 8-for-17 with four home runs.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. It’s also on ESPN (outside the Cubs market territory).
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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