Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball September 28, 2013 1:26AM
Left-hander Chris Sale threw the Sox’ only complete game on the road this season on June 14 against the Astros. | AP
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:23AM
This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
CUBS NINE TO KNOW
1. After games on April 4, the Cubs were 2-1 and tied for first place in the National League Central, the last time they were in first place this season. It was also their high point in games above .500.
2. The Cubs’ highest-scoring game this season came in a Jay Cutler-sounding 14-6 victory against the Astros on June 23. The only other game in which the Cubs scored in double figures was Aug. 19, when they beat the Nationals 11-1.
3. The Cubs longest game of the season was on Aug. 28, when they lost to the Padres 3-2 in 15 innings. The game took 5 hours, 13 minutes.
4. The Cubs were 14-13 in July, their only winning month of the season.
5. Game Score is a metric developed by Bill James to evaluate a pitcher’s performance in a game. There were 18 games this season in which a pitcher had a 90+ Game Score. The Cubs’ high was by Jeff Samardzija, who scored an 89 when he threw a two-hit shutout against the White Sox on May 27.
6. The Red Sox’ Will Middlebrooks led the majors this season with 14 total bases in a game (three home runs and a double). Dioner Navarro had the Cubs’ biggest game in that category when he hit three homers and totaled 12 total bases against the White Sox on May 29.
7. Do you remember the Cubs’ last walk-off homer? It was Anthony Rizzo going deep against the Cardinals on July 29, 2012. Yup, there were no walk-off homers at Wrigley this season.
8. The Cubs’ bullpen had the worst home ERA of any NL team at 4.43.
9. Starlin Castro edged Anthony Rizzo 75-74 for the most hits this season at Wrigley, but Castro hit .229 and Rizzo .242 in the ballpark. On the plus side, Dioner Navarro hit .336 and Welington Castillo .290 at Wrigley.
WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW
1. After games on April 8, the White Sox were 4-2 and in first place in the American League Central, the last time they were in first place this season. It was also their high point in games above .500.
2. The Sox cracked double figures in scoring five times, peaking in a 12-1 victory Sept. 16 against the Twins. The Sox, Brewers, Pirates, Rays and Mariners are the only teams not to score at least 13 runs in a game this season.
3. The Sox’ longest game of the season was on June 5, when they beat the Mariners 7-5 in 16 innings. The game took 5 hours, 42 minutes.
4. The Sox were 14-13 in May and 16-13 in August, their only two winning months of the season.
5. Chris Sale had a Game Score of 92 for his one-hit shutout of the Angels on May 12.
6. Adam Dunn had two games with 10 total bases to lead the Sox. On May 15 against the Twins, he had two homers and a double. On June 10 against the Blue Jays, he had two homers and two singles.
7. Sox pitchers allowed 365 runs on the road this season. They gave up 297 runs on the road in 2012.
8. On June 14, Chris Sale lost to the Astros. What made the game unique is that it was the only complete game the Sox had on the road all season.
9. The Sox finished 26-55 on the road this season, the most road losses in franchise history. Dylan Axelrod had the most losses on the road, going 1-9 with a 7.15 ERA.
So far this season, he is the Chicago hitter with the most hits with runners on base.
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The Week ahead:
Thankfully, we’ll have no more teams celebrating their end-of-season success on the North Side or the South Side. Unless there is a playoff to get into the play-in game, the NL wild-card game is on Oct. 1 and the AL wild-card game is on Oct. 2. The NL Division Series begin Oct. 3 and the AL Division Series begin on Oct. 4.