Cubs Game Notes For Friday vs. Pittsburgh

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* 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.

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