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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis

Kyle Hendricks

Cub starter Kyle Hendricks was once scaring away potential backers with his poor form.

But his early-season struggles are strictly a thing of the past.

He now demonstrates solid form, having allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts.

His favorite pitches are working for him now. His famous change-up, for example, has yielded a .111 BA or lower in each of his last three starts.

Hendricks vs. Cardinal Batters

Busch Stadium is a great venue for Hendricks to continue showcasing his improved pitching.

In nine career starts at this venue, he boasts a 2.73 ERA.

Active Cardinal batters have seen much of Hendricks, but with minimal success.

In 278 career at-bats against "The Professor," they are hitting .227 and slugging .356.

Paul DeJong, for example, is 5-for-34 (.147) with eight strikeouts against him.

Adam Wainwright

Cardinal starter Adam Wainwright will keep these first five innings low-scoring.

He typically performs well at home, no less against the Cubs.

In three of his last four home starts against them, he allowed one run or fewer.

In the one exception, he had faced them several times in the same season. So far this season, Cub hitters have only seen him once.

Expect little from Anthony Rizzo, who has easily seen the most of Wainwright but with negligible success. In 63 career at-bats against him, Rizzo is hitting .222 and slugging .317.

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 8:10 p.m. ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston

Team Series

So far this season, Cleveland and Houston have seen much of each other. The series between these teams tils about as heavily as possible in Houston's favor.

They've played six games with the Indians losing all of them. Half of those losses came by multiple runs.

Eli Morgan

Injuries to other, able Indian starters have allowed Eli Morgan to accumulate starts.

Morgan is showing that he is utterly undeserving of these opportunities.

He will certainly lose his spot in the rotation as soon as other pitchers are healthy enough to replace him.

But for now, he is impossible to back as he has a 7.86 ERA.

Morgan has allowed at least one home run in every start that he's made. He's allowing an average of 3.08 home runs per nine innings.

His favorite pitch is his fastball, which he throws about half the time.

Even though he likes throwing this pitch, batters have no problem hitting it. This pitch yields a .313 BA and .521 slugging rate.

Astro Pitching

Contrary to Morgan, Astro starter Lance McCullers demonstrates more than competent form.

He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six starts.

Active Indian batters have seen little of him and their results so far have been less than promising against him. They hit .229 and slug .371 in a combined total of 35 at-bats against him.

Expect little from Jose Ramirez, who is 1-for-8 (.125) facing McCullers.

Houston's bullpen has benefitted from the team's success in this series, as part of which Houston's stronger relievers have gotten rest while Cleveland has had to employ its better relievers.

One important Astro reliever is Christian Javier. After pitching 1.2 shutout innings on Monday, he got yesterday off and is fresh for tonight.

Javier boasts a sub-three ERA and is a guy who can deliver multiple innings.

He can help Houston secure a victory by multiple runs.

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 10:10 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium

Logan Webb vs. Dodger Batters

Giant starter Logan Webb is in a great spot because he's pitching in a venue that has been very favorable to him.

In two career starts in Dodger Stadium, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA.

There is really just one Dodger player who bothers Webb: Justin Turner.

Turner, however, just suffered a knee contusion, which forced him to leave last night's game early.

So Turner will likely not play. If he does play, he likely won't be fit.

Webb's Form

Webb is already a solid guy in general to back because of his current form.

He has allowed one earned run or fewer in all five of his last starts. Giant backers cashed in all five of those starts.

This current streak has made Webb even more profitable of a guy to back.

His backers have gained 6.2 units in his starts so far.

Giant relievers have seen a fair amount of action this series. So we'll want to choose a first-half play in order to benefit from Webb's advantage.

Julio Urias

Dodger starter Julio Urias is somebody who Giant batters want to see.

In 76 career at-bats against him, they are hitting .316 and slugging .461.

Buster Posey, for example, is 4-for-12 (.333) with two doubles facing Urias.

Giant batters thrive against Urias because they match up well against him.

They rank third in slugging against his two favorite pitches -- the fastball and curveball, which make up over 80 percent of his arsenal -- from lefties.

Best Bet: Parlay Cubs/Cardinals First-Half Under 4.5 at -125, Astros RL at -130, and Giants First-Half RL at -120 at +484 odds at Bovada
 

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