10/2 Extra bases – UPDATING
Since Mike Quade took over, the Cubs are 17-4 on the road, trailing only the Phillies for the best mark in that stretch. He will become the fifth Cubs manager to post a .600 or better winning percentage as a mid-season replcement. Whitey Lockman went 39-26 (.600) in 1972 after replacing Leo Durocher.
The Cubs are 19-9 in September with one game remaining, and assured of posting their first winning month of the season. It’s the first time in 117 years that the team will have a winning record in the final month after sub .500 marks in every other month.
* Will Carlos Zambrano be the Cubs’ Opening Day starter in 2011?
“The rotation is [Ryan] Dempster [on Sunday] and I’ll see you guys next year — maybe,” Quade said. “It’s a long winter. We’re all day to day.”
What does Zambrano think?
“I don’t know — talk to ‘Q,'” he said, then smiled. “Talk to ‘Q.'”
* Alfonso Soriano has reached 40 doubles for the fifth time in his career and first time since hitting 42 in 2007 with the Cubs. It’s the 27th time in franchise history a Cubs player has reached 40 doubles.
* Aramis Ramirez’s grand slam Saturday was his 20th career homer at Minute Maid Park, second most by an opponent behind Albert Pujols’ 23. Ramirez’s 59 RBIs are the most by an opponent at the Astros’ home park.
* The Cubs won 11 series under Lou Piniella; they have won eight under Quade.
* With the Astros’ run in the seventh inning Saturday, the Cubs had their scoreless innings streak snapped at 27. It’s the club’s longest scoreless innings streak since a 28-inning run, June 25-29, 2005. In addition, the run snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak from Cubs starting pitchers.
* Zambrano is 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his final 11 starts since being added to the rotation after missing time on the restricted list.
— Carrie Muskat