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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.


Why is Samardj pitching when they have already said he is tired? Shouldn’t they be protecting him from wrecking his arm? This late in the season it may be time to save him for 2014.

Good point White. Maybe the organization is counting oh him being just tired enough to rack up another loss and add it toward their lofty goal of a higher draft pick? OR….Sveum is in way over his head and has no control over this team and is being told to pitch The Shark in a meaningless game? I would shut him down for the year and tell him to start thinking abut next year and improving his ability to shut down the opponent and avoid the big inning.

200 IP & 200K’s, just those numbers add to trade value. He needs 5 1/3 IP and 5 K’s.

Can someone explain to me what the front office sees in Lim? My God, is there is no one in the organization that can fill that slot? Give some of the expanded roster guys a chance to show their wares at the ML level. Fans would like a change of pace too! I think we deserve one.

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