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* The Cubs’ 3-2 loss Sunday against the Pirates dropped them to 20-31 in one-run games. The 51 games are tied for the most in the National League and tied for third in all of baseball. Only the Marlins and White Sox have more one-run losses than the Cubs this season (both have 32).
The Cubs are 34-47 in games decided by two runs or less. Overall, 81 of their 149 games (54 percent) have been decided by two runs or less, third most in the NL and fourth in the Majors.
* Monday’s match-up features a pair of pitchers who lead the NL with 15 losses apiece. However, both Edwin Jackson and Wily Peralta have turned in a handful of quality starts, as Jackson has 13 and Peralta has 16. They are two of only six in the National League to have at least 13 losses and at least 13 quality starts this season, joining Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick, San Diego’s Eric Stults and San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum.
* With a win Monday, Jackson would match Travis Wood for the team lead with nine victories this season. Jackson has a chance to lead the Cubs in both wins and losses, which would mark the third season in a row a Cubs pitcher accomplished that feat. Jeff Samardzija (9-13) did so last year and Ryan Dempster (10-14) did so in 2011.