7/28 Early extra bases
Early notes before Sunday’s game:
* The Cubs are 25-29 on the road through 54 games after going 23-58 on the road all last season.
* Including a series win this weekend in San Francisco, the Cubs are 3-1-3 in their last seven series. They will try for their first series sweep in San Francisco since Sept. 13-15, 1993
* Alfonso Soriano was the last player remaining from the 2007 Cubs team that won the NL Central. Jeff Samardzija is the only player remaining from the ’08 team that won 97 games. Samardzija is the only player on the roster to have made his Cubs debut prior to 2010 (not including Kevin Gregg, who departed after 2009 and returned in 2013).
* Only five players on the current 25-man roster were on the 2012 Opening Day roster: Luis Valbuena, Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, James Russell and Samardzija.
* Nearly half of the players on the current 25-man roster (12) have joined the Cubs since the end of the 2012 campaign.
* Also, 10 players on the current 25-man roster were not on the Cubs 2013 Opening Day roster: pitchers Chris Rusin, Pedro Strop, Blake Parker, Matt Guerrier, Kevin Gregg and Eduardo Sanchez; infielder Cody Ransom; and outfielders Cole Gillespie, Pedro Borbon and Junior Lake.