7/14 Cubs lineup
All-Star Travis Wood wraps up the Cubs’ first half on Sunday night when he faces the Cardinals and Adam Wainwright. The Cubs lead the series, 2-1. No Nate Schierholtz. Dale Sveum said he wanted to give him extra time to heal some nagging injuries, saying the right fielder is “banged up.” Here’s the lineup:
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* The Cubs are 13-8 in their last 21 games and have won six of the last eight.
* Wood looks to become the first Cub ever to record 18 quality starts prior to the All-Star break. His 17 quality starts this season lead the Majors, and he’s the fourth Cub in franchise history to have 17 quality efforts prior to the break, joining Bill Hands (1969), Fergie Jenkins (1969) and Greg Maddux (1988). The last National League pitcher to have 18 quality starts prior to the All-Star break was Maddux with the Braves in 1994.
* Alfonso Soriano leads the Cubs with 16 home runs and 10 stolen bases. The last Cub to lead the team in both homers and steals at the All-Star break was Sammy Sosa with 33 homers and 10 steals in 1998.
– Carrie Muskat