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* With Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins, the Cubs now have had 18 of their 21 games decided by three runs or less, and the Cubs are 6-12 in the close games. More than half of the losses (eight) have been by two runs or less. Four of the Cubs’ seven wins have come in the last at-bat.
The Cubs have equaled a franchise record by having 18 of first 21 games decided by three runs or less. The last team to do so was the 1950 squad, managed by Frankie Frisch and which included Hank Sauer and Andy Pafko.
In total, the Cubs have seen all 21 of their games this season decided by four runs or less, which also matches a franchise record. The 1908 Cubs also began the season that way, but that team was 14-7 in the first 21 games.
* In 13 quality starts this season, Cubs pitcher have recorded a 1.85 ERA, yet only have three wins. Only three teams in all of baseball have more quality starts than the Cubs: Cincinnati (16), Philadelphia (15) and St. Louis (15). The Reds are 6-0 in their quality starts, the Phillies are 5-1 and the Cardinals are 9-3. The Cubs are 3-4.
* Overall, Cubs starting pitchers have a 3.04 ERA in the first 21 games of the season, third-lowest team ERA among starters in the National League. Through the first 21 games last season, the Cubs starters had a 4.35 ERA.
* Cubs starting pitchers have limited opponents to a .209 batting average and .618 OPS, lowest marks in the Majors this season
* Chicago’s bullpen has a 1.29 ERA (3 ER/21 IP) in its last eight games to lower the collective ERA from 6.06 to 4.29.
* The Cubs are tied with the Marlins for second-most errors in the Majors with 18. The Nationals lead with 19. The Cubs’ miscuse have led to 14 unearned runs, tied with the Astros and Blue Jays for the most in the Majors.
* On this road trip, the Cubs also are 6-for-45 (.133) with runners in scoring position, and batting .148 with RISP for the season, lowest in the Majors.