9/29 Extra bases: Game 162

* The Cubs’ 66-95 record through 161 games this season is a six-win improvement on the 60-101 record they had through 161 games last year. The team finished 2012 at 61-101. This season, the Cubs have a minus 83 run differential through 161 games compared to a minus 147 differential through 161 games in 2012 (minus 146 through 162 games). Imagine what the record would be if they hadn’t blown as many saves.

* With a 3.99 team ERA heading into the season finale Sunday, the Cubs have a chance to become one of three teams this season to have at least 95 losses yet also post a sub-4.00 ERA, joining the White Sox (3.98 ERA) and Marlins (3.73 ERA). However, there had been only four other teams in all of baseball in the last 25 seasons to post both of those marks: the 2011 and 2010 Mariners, the 1992 Dodgers, and the 1989 Braves.

The only time in franchise history the Cubs saw a team reach 95 losses and also post a sub-4.00 team ERA was in 1980, when the club went 64-98 with a 3.89 ERA.

* Anthony Rizzo (39 doubles) and Nate Schierholtz (30 doubles) have become the first Cubs left-handed hitting teammates to each reach 30 doubles in the same season since Jacque Jones (32 doubles) and Juan Pierre (31 doubles) in 2006. With one more double, Rizzo would become the first Cubs left-handed hitter to reach 40 doubles since Mark Grace had 41 doubles in 2000.

Rizzo has 64 extra-base hits this season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter since Grace had 65 in 1999. Rizzo’s 64 extra-base hits rank tied for fifth among NL batters.

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