NO CATCHY HEADLINE, JUST THE FACTS:
San Diego Padres (15-25) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-16)
May 14, 2008 … Wrigley Field … Game No. 40 … Home Game No. 23
RHP Jake Peavy (4-2, 2.47) vs. LHP Ted Lilly (3-4, 5.24)
Chicago saw its four-game winning streak snapped last night in a 4-3 setback vs. the Padres, as the two teams tonight play the third game of this four-game set
… this is the sixth game of a season-high, 10-game homestand against the Diamondbacks (3-0), Padres (1-1) and Pirates (3 games)
… following this homestand, the Cubs will hit the road for a six-game trip against Houston (May 19-21) and Pittsburgh (May 23-25).
The Cubs are in the sixth game (4-1) of a stretch that sees them play 17 of 23 games at Wrigley Field
… this follows a run that saw Chicago on the road for 11 of 14 games from April 23-May 7 – the Cubs went 5-9 in that span.
Chicago has won four of five
… this follows a stretch that saw Chicago go 3-7 from April 27-May 7
… the team had nine wins in a 10-game run from April 13-23, capped by the season-long six-game winning streak.
The Cubs bullpen is looking to go six straight games without allowing a run for the first time since May 2-8, 2002 (22.0 IP)
… this is just the third time in the last seven years that Chicago’s bullpen has gone five straight games without allowing a run (May 21-25, 2003 and July 28-August 1, 2007).
Chicago’s bullpen has started this homestand with 15.0 scoreless innings, allowing just seven hits and four walks while striking out nine and limiting opponents to a .146 batting average (7-for-48)
… overall, the bullpen has tossed 17.0 shutout innings dating to May 7 in Cincinnati.
Over the last 10 games, Chicago’s bullpen has recorded a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP), holding the opponent scoreless in nine of those contests.
ABOUT THE BATS:
Chicago’s .282 team batting average ranks second in the N.L. and third in the majors behind Boston (.293) and Atlanta (.283)
… the Cubs lead baseball with a .372 on-base percentage – the team has reached base 594 times, second in baseball behind the Red Sox (599).
Chicago’s hitters have been hit by a pitch 21 times, the most in the N.L. and second only to Cleveland (29).
COMFORTS OF HOME:
The Cubs have gone 15-7 in their first 22 home games of the season … the 15 home victories are tied for the most in baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays while the team’s .682 home winning percentage is tied for third-best in majors.
The Cubs lead the majors with a .399 on-base percentage at home while their .311 batting average and a .497 slugging percentage at home both rank second.
MULTI-HIT GAMES ARE GOOD:
Ryan Theriot went 2-for-3 with two walks Monday night vs. San Diego, notching his 17th multi-hit game of the season – that’s tied for third in baseball with Boston’s Dustin Pedroia
… Atlanta’s Chipper Jones and Philadelphia’s Chase Utley lead with 18 multi-hit games apiece.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER:
Chicago has 11 come-from-behind victories this season, tied for third-most in the N.L. with Milwaukee
… the Phillies lead with 13 come-from-behind wins.
Chicago’s four wins this homestand have been of the “come-from-behind” variety
… Monday, Chicago erased a 2-1 deficit with six runs in the fifth in a 12-3 win … Sunday vs. Arizona, Chicago was down 4-2 before scoring two runs each in the seventh and eighth.
The Cubs are 1-4-1 in their last six series after going 5-1-0 in their previous six series
… Chicago is looking to win consecutive series for the first time since winning three consecutive sets from April 15-22: 2-1 vs. Reds, 3-0 vs. Pirates and 2-0 vs. Mets.
Chicago is 0-4-1 in its last five series against the Padres
… the Cubs last series win against them was in 2005, when they took three-of-four in San Diego, June 2-5.
WALKS, WALKS, WALKS:
The Cubs have drawn 185 walks this season, second in the majors behind St. Louis (200)
… through 39 contests last season, Chicago had 122 walks.
If the Cubs were to keep up this pace (4.74 BB/G), they would draw 768 walks this season … the club record is 650 walks, set in 1975.
THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS TO RULES:
The Cubs are 19-1 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season, 4-15 when scoring three runs or less
… the Cubs are also 20-1 when leading after five innings this season, 3-15 otherwise.
Chicago’s 226 runs scored this season leads baseball
… Arizona is second with 216 runs scored while Boston is third with 213
… the Cubs have averaged 5.8 runs per game, including a 7.0 mark at home (153 runs in 22 games).
Alfonso Soriano last night hit his first leadoff homer of the season, the 45th of his career … that puts him in third place on baseball’s all-time list.
MOST LEADOFF HOMERS IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY
Rank Player HR
1. Rickey Henderson 81
2. Craig Biggio 53
3. Alfonso Soriano 45
4. Brady Anderson 44
Soriano owns the single-season major league record with 13 leadoff homers in 2003 with the Yankees … Rick Monday owns the Cubs single-season record with 8 leadoff homers in 1976.
ABOUT THE RECORD
The Cubs (23-16/.590) share the second-best record in the majors with Florida and Tampa Bay … Chicago’s .682 home winning percentage is tied for third-best in baseball.
BEST WIN PCT., 2008
Arizona D’Backs........... .615 (24-15)
Chicago Cubs......... .590 (23-16)
Florida Marlins............. .590 (23-16)
Tampa Rays................. .590 (23-16)
L.A. Angels of Anaheim. .585 (24-17)
BEST HOME WIN PCT., 2008
Atlanta Braves............... .778 (14-4)
Boston Red Sox.............. .737 (14-5)
Chicago Cubs........... .682 (15-7)
Arizona D’Backs............. .682 (15-7)
Tampa Bay Rays............ .682 (15-7)
Milestone...............Player (Number Needed)
1,087 Strikeouts#................Carlos Zambrano (2)
250 Home Runs............................Derrek Lee (2)
250 Home Runs.....................Alfonso Soriano (4)
800 RBI................................Aramis Ramirez (5)
200 Home Runs+..............Kosuke Fukudome (6)
#To pass Larry Corcoran for ninth on Cubs all-time list
+Professionally, between Chunichi and Cubs
PITCHES PER PLATE APPEARANCE, 2008
Rank Team Pitches
1. Cleveland Indians 3.93
2. Chicago Cubs 3.92
3. Texas Rangers 3.90
MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS, RUNS SCORED IN 2008
Rank Team Runs
1. Chicago Cubs 226
2. Arizona 216
3. Boston 213
MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS, OBP IN 2008
Rank Team OBP
1. Chicago Cubs .372
2. St. Louis .367
3. Boston .364
The Cubs enter tonight’s contest one-game up in the N.L. Central with a 23-16 record … through 39 games last season, Chicago was 18-21 (and 19-21 through 40 games) – good for third place, 7.0 games back of Milwaukee … the Cubs are 15-7 in their first 22 home games this season - last year, Chicago was 10-12 through its first 22 home contests.