4/25 Cubs tidbits

Did you know the Cubs are the only Major League team to have neither a winning streak or a losing streak longer than two games this year? A win Monday night over the Rockies would put them back at .500 at 11-11. The team is 8-2 after losses this year.

* Aramis Ramirez has reached base safely in the first 21 games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, he’s one of three players to reach via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in each of his team’s games this season. The other two are also in the NL Central: Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto. Ramirez’s streak is the longest by a Cubs player since 2007 when Derrek Lee reached safely in each of the first 32 games of the season. Alfonso Soriano did reach base safely in his first 31 games of ’07 but missed time because of a strained hamstring.

* The Cubs are batting .282, second best in the Majors behind the Cardinals. But Chicago’s .243 average with runners in scoring position ranks 11th in the NL.

* Matt Garza leads the Majors with 12.41 strikeouts per nine innings. He has 34 Ks in 24 2/3 innings. He also posted the team’s last quality start on April 20 against the Padres. The Cubs have five quality starts, fewest in the Majors.

* The average game time temperature at Wrigley Field so far has been 47 degrees.

– Carrie Muskat

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