* Since May 1, the Cubs’ pitching staff has been one of the best in the National League, with a 3.01 ERA that ranks first.
* Edwin Jackson has been great since May 1, posting a 1.80 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in three May starts. As good as Jackson has been, his teammate Jeff Samardzija has been even better with 0.67 ERA and 0.85 WHIP.
* Starlin Castro got off to a slow start offensively on the road, but has been red-hot over his last 12 road games with a .347 BA.
* Seth Smith has posted the second-highest home batting average in MLB this season at .423, trailing only Troy Tulowitzski’s .521.