Baseball by the numbers
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @billyball May 10, 2013 8:24PM
The Cubs have provided six or more runs of support to starters seven times. Scott Feldman has been the primary beneficiary, with it happening three times for him. (Feldman is 2-1 in those games.) | David Banks~Getty Images
Updated: June 13, 2013 6:37PM
THE NATIONAL NINE
1 When Ubaldo Jimenez is ahead in the count this season, batters are 0-for-31.
2 No team has as many relievers (four) who have earned saves this season as the Tigers: Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke, Drew Smyly, Jose Valverde.
3 With runners in scoring position from the seventh inning on, the Reds lead the majors with 38 hits. The White Sox are last with 11.
4 The Yankees’ Travis Hafner is the leading home-run hitter among DHs with five. The Sox’ Adam Dunn led DHs last season with 25.
5 The first two batters in the Tigers’ lineup lead the majors with a .386 on-base percentage. The Sox are last at .246.
6 Jake Westbrook has allowed no home runs in 39 innings pitched this season; Alex Sanabia has allowed six homers in 39 innings pitched.
7 The Reds lead the majors with 51 bases-loaded opportunities but have hit only one grand slam. The A’s lead the American League with 49 bases-filled situations and have hit no grannies.
8 AL batters are hitting .349 on 3-1 pitches, but the Orioles have managed to go only 1-for-24 (.042) on this most favorable count.
9 In his Triple Crown season in 2012, Miguel Cabrera had four games with at least four hits. He leads the majors with three already this season.
CHICAGO NINE TO KNOW
1 The last time the Sox finished in last place was in 1989, when they had a 69-92 record (.429), good for seventh in the American League West.
2 The last time both Chicago teams finished last was in 1948, when they both finished eighth. The Cubs were 64-90 (.416) and the Sox 51-101 (.336).
3 Sox cleanup hitters have the lowest batting average in the majors at .186.
4 Through Wednesday, Cubs relievers had thrown 902/3 innings, the same as the Braves and a third of an inning more than the Nationals. But Braves relievers had allowed 78 hits, Nationals relievers 79 hits and Cubs relievers 91 hits.
5 With two outs and runners in scoring position, the Cubs are hitting .181 and the Sox .177.
6 The Cubs have provided six or more runs of support to starters seven times. Scott Feldman has been the primary beneficiary, with it happening three times for him. (Feldman is 2-1 in those games.) Edwin Jackson has gotten six or more runs of support twice and is 0-1.
7 The Cubs’ No. 3 through No. 6 batters are hitting .261 with 20 home runs. The Sox’ No. 3 through No. 6 batters are hitting a major-league-worst .222, but they’ve hit 24 homers.
8 The 1-1 pitch is the most important pitch of an at-bat (after the first pitch). When Travis Wood has a 1-2 count, batters are slugging .032; when he’s behind at 2-1, they are slugging .500.
9 When Matt Harvey one-hit the Sox, it marked the 44th season the Sox have been one-hit at least once. They’ve been one-hit twice in nine seasons, the most recent in 2010.
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THE WEEK AHEAD The Cubs host the Rockies for three night games and the Mets for three in the afternoon. The Sox head to Minnesota for three and to the Angels for four (Wed., Sat. and Sun. are day games).