Cubs by the numbers: 8-1 start ties franchise record through nine games

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs are off to a mind-numbing start. The 2016 team is destroying opponents to the tune of a plus-43 run differential. That's the third-best mark -- and only one run off the best -- through nine games in the modern era. Let's take a look inside some of the numbers:

  • The Cubs are 8-1, tying the franchise record for the best start through nine games, last accomplished in 1969.

  • Dating to last season, the Cubs have won 16 of 17 regular-season games, most in a 17-game stretch since 1968-69.

  • The Cubs have drawn a league-best 53 walks, including five consecutive games of five or more, last accomplished in 2009.

  • The Cubs have three five-run innings in the first nine games after scoring five in the eighth inning Thursday.

  • Dexter Fowler has a .590 on-base percentage after reaching four more times. He has reached safely in all nine games, including one he didn't start. He has five multihit games and recorded his second three-hit game Thursday.

  • The Cubs have outscored their opponents 64-21. Next best are the St. Louis Cardinals who have a run differential of plus-24.