9/9 Extra bases
* The Cubs begin an 11-game road trip Monday, their longest since Sept. 16-26, 2004, when Hurricane Frances forced the rescheduling of a three-game set in Miami. The storm created a 12-game, 11-day trip through Cincinnati, Florida, Pittsburgh and New York.
* The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 21 games overall.
* Travis Wood enters Monday’s game with a 3.17 ERA and joins fellow southpaw Chris Rusin (2.89 ERA) in the Cubs rotation to give the team two southpaws with an ERA below 3.20. If they maintain that pace, they will become the first two left-handers to make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts). Since Holtzman and Nye, only once in the next 45 seasons have the Cubs had at least two left-handers make 10 starts and each record an ERA below 4.00, when in 2007 Ted Lilly (3.83 ERA, 34 starts) and Rich Hill (3.92 ERA, 32 starts) accomplished the feat.