Cubs Game Notes For Friday vs. Kershaws

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*Chicago is the home run haven for rookies this year. The White Sox lead the majors with 41 HRs from rookies (see Abreu, Jose) and the Cubs are second with 37 rookie homers.

The last time the Cubs had 37+ home runs from rookies in a season was 1966. The ’66 Cubs had 58 home runs from rookies (Randy Hundley – 19, Byron Browne – 16, Adolfo Phillips – 16, John Boccabella – 6 and Fergie Jenkins – 1).

*As for Clayton Kershaw:

  • With 19 wins Kershaw is looking for his second 20-win season (21 wins in 2011). He would be just the third left-hander in Dodgers’ history with multiple 20-win seasons (Sandy Koufax 1963, 1965-66 & Claude Osteen 1969 & 1972).
  •  Twenty-one consecutive starts with 6+ strikeouts, tied longest streak in Los Angeles Dodgers history (Sandy Koufax – July 10, 1964 – May 30, 1965).
  • Seven consecutive starts with 8.0+ innings pitched, longest in big leagues since Cliff Lee (10 straight June 18 – August 6, 2010 w/Sea & Tex), longest by a Dodger since Orel Hershiser (9 straight August 19 – September 28, 1988).
  • Seventeen consecutive starts with 7.0+ innings in pitched, longest in big leagues since Mike Hampton (17 straight June 14 – September 13, 1999. Last big leaguer with 18 consecutive starts of 7+ innings pitched was Darryl Kile (24 straight May 4 – September 2, 1997)
  • 0.94 ERA in last nine road starts (Dodgers have won all nine games), lowest ERA in a nine-start road stretch in Los Angeles Dodgers history (single-season stretches only, relief appearances ignored), and the lowest since Johnny Podres (0.61 May 12 – September 6, 1957).

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