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* The Cubs are nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 40-43 but they are 23-44 against the NL Central, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is 25-48, .342 vs. the A.L. West).
* Jeff Samardzija tonight will make his career-high 31st start of the season with 195 strikeouts and 194 2/3 innings pitched. He is vying to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Entering tonight, Samardzija is in good company among those in all of baseball to have reached his current innings pitched and strikeout numbers. The other five include Detroit’s Max Scherzer (227 strikeouts, 201 1/3 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (201, 221 2/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (214, 223), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (201, 207 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (214, 201 1/3).
* Since June 26, which was the Cubs’ most recent visit to Milwaukee, they are 20-19 (.513 winning percentage) on the road, tied for the fourth-best mark in the NL in that span. They started the season 14-22 in their first 36 road games. The Cubs already have 34 wins on the road this season, 11 more than their total number of victories on the road last year.
* The Cubs have played 75 games at home and 75 on the road. They are five games better on the road than at home, posting a 29-46 record at Wrigley Field and a 34-41 record on the road.