* The Cubs’ 8-6 victory on Monday was the team’s first at Wrigley Field since Chicago routed Florida in Game 2 of the 2003 NLCS by a score of 12-3 (October 8, 2003). The Cubs have assumed a 2-1 lead in this best-of-five series, but going back to the 1945 World Series and excluding wild-card games, Chicago is just 1-8 in potential series-clinching games.
* The Cardinals are 25-16 all-time when facing elimination (excludes wild-card games). The 25 victories are one behind the Yankees (26-24) for the most in MLB history when trying to stay alive (includes winner-take-all games).
* The Cubs’ six home runs in Game 3 represented the highest single-game total in postseason history. And it was the most by the Cubs in any single game since slugging six at Pittsburgh in an 11-6 victory on August 2, 2011.
* John Lackey, who allowed just two hits over 7.1 shutout innings while gaining the victory in Game 1 on Friday, is scheduled to start for the Cardinals on Tuesday. Lackey has pitched very well against the Cubs this season, going 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA over four starts (including playoffs). He is 8-5 in his career in the postseason.
* The Cubs will turn to Jason Hammel in Game 4. He hasn’t worked since October 1, when he tossed 5.0 shutout innings at Cincinnati. Hammel has never lasted more than 5.2 in any of three career postseason starts, going 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA. He is 2-3 in his career against the Cardinals while compiling a 5.97 ERA.
* With a single and a home run on Monday, Jorge Soler is now 4-for-4 with five walks this postseason. That is the longest streak ever of reaching base (via a hit, walk or HBP) by any player to begin a postseason career, and is tied for the fourth longest ever in postseason history. Soler boasts a 2.750 slugging percentage to go along with his 1.000 on-base percentage in these playoffs.