• The Cubs have issued three walks to pitchers in the last two games, to raise the season total to 22, the most in baseball.
According to research by STATS Inc., the Padres are second, having issued 14 walks to pitchers, and that includes one walk to the Reds' Mike Leake, who was pinch-hitting. After the Cubs and Padres, the D-backs and Pirates are tied at 13, then the Braves and Marlins, who have issued 12 free passes to pitchers.
• Starlin Castro heads into the final three games having played in all 159 games at shortstop, making 158 starts. If he does not sit, he could be the first player in Cubs history to play in all 162 games at short.
Ivan DeJesus holds the franchise record with 160 games at shortstop, set in 1978 and '79. The last Cubs infielder to appear in all 162 games was Ron Santo in 1968.
• The Cubs wrap up the regular season with a three-game series against the Astros, starting on Monday. Jason Berken (0-2, 5.14 ERA), Chris Volstad (3-11, 6.64), and Travis Wood (6-13, 4.39) will start the final three games.