5/5 Extra bases
* The Cubs begin a stretch in which they host three teams in a three-day span at Wrigley Field for the first time in nearly 53 years. Sunday, they wrap up a three-game series against the Reds, then host the Rangers on Monday, and face the Cardinals on Tuesday. The Cubs last hosted three teams in three days at Wrigley Field, Aug. 21-23, 1960, when they played a doubleheader vs. the Giants on Aug. 21, then hosted the Reds on Aug. 22 before starting a series vs. Pittsburgh, Aug. 23.
* In 18 quality starts this season, Cubs pitchers have recorded a 2.05 ERA (28 ER/122.2 IP) yet have just six victories. Only three NL teams have more quality starts than the Cubs: the Cardinals (22), the Reds (20) and the Phillies (20). Cubs starting pitchers rank third in the NL with 169 strikeouts. The Cardinals lead with 171 strikeouts.
* Jeff Samardzija’s 52 strikeouts are tied for second-most in the NL with the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. The Pirates’ A.J. Burnett leads with 57. Samardzija has a 3.09 ERA in seven starts, yet is 1-4. He and Carlos Villanueva (1-2, 2.85 in 6 GS) are two of five starting pitchers with a sub-3.09 ERA and one or no wins on the season.
– Carrie Muskat