9/23 Extra bases

* Jeff Samardzija will make his career-best 32nd start of the season Monday night. He has 203 strikeouts and 201 2/3 innings pitched. He’s 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).

Samardzija is in good company. The other five pitchers with 200 Ks/200 innings includes: Detroit’s Max Scherzer (230 strikeouts, 207 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (209, 229 1/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (224, 230), Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (209, 214 2/3) and the White Sox’ Chris Sale (221, 209).

* The Cubs finished at nearly .500 against teams outside their division this year at 41-45 while they are 24-46 against the NL Central teams, the second-lowest winning percentage (.343) by any team against its own division in baseball (Houston is lowest at 25-48, .342 vs. the AL West)

* Pedro Strop on Saturday became the fifth Cubs pitcher to record a save this season, joining Kevin Gregg (32 saves), Kyuji Fujikawa (2), Carlos Marmol (2) and Blake Parker (1). Chicago has five pitchers with saves for the first time since 2008 when Kerry Wood (34), Marmol (7), Bob Howry (1), Sean Marshall (1) and Samardzija (1) did so.

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