It’s all about pitching for #Cubs

In each of the first 12 games, Cubs starting pitchers have gone at least six innings, something the franchise hasn’t accomplished in 106 years since the 1910 club had its starters go at least six innings in each of the first 14 games of the season. Baseball historian Ed Hartig gets credit for that nugget.

According to STATS Inc., the previous Major League team to have its starters go at least six innings in its first 12 games of the season was the 1999 Braves while the 1988 Astros (22 games) and Indians (17) were the last teams to carry a streak of at least 13 games to start the season.

Cubs starters have recorded a 2.37 ERA (21 ER/79 2/3 IP) in the first 12 games, the second-best mark in MLB. According to STATS Inc., the Cubs have 11 quality starts in its first 12 games for the first time since 1978. That ’78 team also had 12 quality efforts in its first 13 games of the season.

The Cubs’ 11 quality starts lead MLB. The Cubs’ bullpen has worked 28 innings, tied for the fewest in MLB with the White Sox.

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