* The Chicago Cubs have been in first place of the NL Central for each of the last 34 days, their longest such streak since the 2008 season.
* Both of these teams have outscored their opponents by at least 15 runs in the seventh inning and later. The Cubs are +33 (2nd MLB), the Pirates +15 (3rd MLB), and the Cardinals lead the majors at +40.
* The Cubs’ starters have pitched at least 5.0 innings in each of the team’s first 33 games.
* Francisco Liriano’s 1.56 career ERA at Wrigley Field is the fifth lowest all-time among visiting starting pitchers.
* Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist have combined for 57 RBI this season, the third most in the majors among duos.