Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball September 14, 2013 2:00AM
Chicago White Sox Photo Day
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:33AM
This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
The no-worry nine for Chicago
1. The most losses the White Sox ever had in the second half of the season was in 1932 when they went 21-54 (.280). They finished the year 49-102 (.325).
2. The most losses the Cubs ever had in the second half of the season was in 1980 when they went 30-55 (.353). They finished the year 64-98 (395).
3. The Sox’ Matt Lindstrom is tied with the Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Johnson for inducing the most GIDP for a reliever (15).
4. For the second consecutive season, the Sox will finish with seven players with double-figure homers. There are four repeaters: Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko, Alex Rios and Dayan Viciedo. The 1977, 2000 and 2005 teams had nine players with 10-plus dingers.
5. Through Wednesday, the Cubs’ Junior Lake had 61 hits since the All-Star break, leading all rookies. That was the same total as the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, the Braves’ Chris Johnson and the Angels’ Mike Trout.
6. Cubs catchers are hitting .284 this season, the best mark in the National League.
7. The Sox’ and the Rangers’ bullpens have allowed only 32 homers, fewest in the American League.
8. The Cubs’ batters are tied with the Braves’ for the NL lead in most first-inning homers with 22.
9. When it comes to holding opponents to six hits or fewer, Rays and Reds pitchers have done it 56 times, Dodgers pitchers 51 times, Pirates pitchers 49 times and the Tigers, Indians and the Cubs (the only non-contending team) 48 times.
THE WORRY NINE FOR CHICAGO
1. The last time the Cubs didn’t have a player with 80 RBI was in 1994.
2. Since the All-Star break, the Indians’ Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed 17 runs in 55.7 innings. In Jeff Samardzija’s last three starts for the Cubs, he has allowed 17 runs in 18.1 IP.
3. Since 1988, only Odalis Perez with 18 has had more no-decisions than Jose Quintana’s 17 this season for the White Sox. Quintana could sue for lack of run support this season.
4. The Sox lead the league with 107 errors.
5. Cubs infielders are hitting .228, the lowest mark in the majors.
6. The Cubs bullpen has recorded just 350 strikeouts. Only the Mets’ pen has whiffed fewer.
7. Only the Marlins, with 558, have fewer road hits than the Cubs, who have only 561 hits away from Wrigley; both of those teams are hitting .230 on the road, the lowest figure in baseball.
8. Cubs pitchers have gone to 1,141 three-ball counts, the most in the NL. Not only that, but they have the fewest 0-2 counts in baseball at 387.
9. Sox batters have seen fewer pitches than any team in the AL.
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The Week ahead:
The Cubs and Brewers finish their season series in Milwaukee. Then the Cubs host the Braves, who might celebrate a division title at Wrigley Field. The Sox and the Minnesota Twins play out their season series in Chicago. Then the Pale Hose head to Detroit, where they might watch the Tigers celebrate a division title.