Today’s roster move: Here
- THE PROFESSOR: Kyle Hendricks is unbeaten in his last nine starts since May 16, going 8-0 with a 2.64 ERA (17 earned runs in 58 innings). Kyle’s nine-start unbeaten streak is the longest of his career and the longest by a Cub since Yu Darvish went 11 straight starts without a loss, April 27-June 21, 2019 (ironically, Darvish was 1-0 with 10 no-decisions during that stretch). More on Hendricks below.
- LOSING THE CLOSE ONES: The Cubs are 13-15 in 28 one-run games this season. The 28 one-run games are the third-most in the majors behind the Mets (31) and Phillies (29). Over the first eight games against the Reds this season, five have been decided by one run and six have been decided by two or fewer runs.
- SWIPING BAGS: The Cubs have 44 stolen bases this season, fifth in the NL and one short of the 45 the team stole in its last full season in 2019.
- THE KRAKEN: Craig Kimbrel has converted 90.2 percent of his save opportunities (368-for-408), the best rate in major league history for any reliever with at least 300 save opportunities. Joe Nathan is second (89.1 percent, 377-for-423) and Mariano Rivera is third (89.1 pecent, 652-for-732).
Here are today’s particulars.
Nico Hoerner returns to the #Cubs starting lineup!#CubTogether pic.twitter.com/Of74xBRGZX— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 4, 2021
Goin' for a sweep on the #4thofJuly. @PNCBank pic.twitter.com/j2xaSQdnfH— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 4, 2021
Kyle Hendricks, RHP vs. Wade Miley, LHP
Kyle Hendricks had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped in his last start. He got a no-decision when the Brewers blew the Cubs out late, that was just a hint of what’s come since.
Kyle has not faced the Reds this year. Last year, when he had a fantastic season otherwise, the Reds absolutely pounded him:
2020, Hendricks vs. Reds: two starts, 9.58 ERA, 1.839 WHIP
2020, Hendricks vs. all other teams: 10 starts, 1.90 ERA, 0.873 WHIP
This would mainly appear to be a function of GABP, where Kyle has a career 6.67 ERA and 1.518 WHIP in 10 starts, with 10 home runs allowed.
I don’t know what else to say. You know Kyle’s been susceptible to the long ball this year and GABP is a launching pad.
Good luck, Kyle, You’re gonna need it.
Wade Miley threw a no-hitter May 7 against Cleveland. I am telling you this because I do not think Wade Miley is the sort of pitcher who could do that twice in one season, even against an offensively-challenged lineup like the Cubs’ right now.
He’s generally been pretty good this year apart from the start right after the no-hitter, when the Rockies pounded him for eight runs in three innings.
April 30 vs. the Cubs at GABP, Miley allowed two runs in five innings, one of which was a homer by Kris Bryant.
I don’t know what else to say. The Cubs appear doomed, but that’s why they play the games, to find out whether that’s true or not.
Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee. Chris Myers will join Jim Deshaies for today’s broadcast.
Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
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