Cubs Game Notes For Tuesday vs. Detroit
* The Tigers have gone 14-5 all-time (with victories in 10 of their last 12 games) against the Cubs – their best record against any opponent in interleague play.
* The Cubs’ 3-1 loss on Sunday was just their second loss in 18 games. The Cubs have scored at least five runs in nine of their last 12 games, after doing so just 10 times over their previous 37 games.
* The Tigers, who currently sit at 5.0 games back of the second wild-card spot, are on pace to become the fifth AL team in the Wild Card era to miss the playoffs despite leading the majors in batting average (.271)
* Jon Lester has allowed exactly two runs in each of his last four starts (all at home), and has struck out 48 batters (while walking just six) over his last six starts.
* Anibal Sanchez will take the mound today having not allowed a run in each of his last two interleague starts. His 16.2-inning active scoreless streak in interleague play is just one-third of an inning shy of the Tigers’ all-time record in interleague play (Justin Verlander, 17.0 spanning 2011 and 2012).
* Miguel Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo are two of five first basemen (also Chris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt and Albert Pujols) over the last three seasons who have hit at least 75 home runs and driven in at least 225 runs.