BILL CHUCK: Baseball by the numbers
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball October 5, 2013 6:46PM
Chicago White Sox Photo Day
Updated: November 7, 2013 6:33AM
the cubs & the postseason nine
1 It’s this simple: the Cardinals led the majors hitting .330 with runners in scoring position; the Cubs’ .218 was the worst in the majors.
2 With two outs, the Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish recorded 96 strikeouts, the most in the majors. Postseason pitchers Adam Wainwright (94), Max Scherzer (92) and Clayton Kershaw had 80, the same as Felix Hernandez and the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija.
3 No pitch is thrown more than the fastball, so it’s significant that the three lowest averages against the fastball came from the Rays at .238, the Reds at .247 and the Cardinals at .249. The White Sox’ BAA was .271 and the Cubs’ .273.
4 There were 28,437 singles hit in 2013, with the Tigers leading the majors with 1,134 and the Cubs having more than 300 fewer at 820. The Cubs allowed the fewest singles with 838.
5 The Cubs were 1-5 against the Braves, 5-14 against the Reds, 1-6 against the Dodgers, 1-2 against the A’s, 7-12 against the Pirates and 7-12 against the Cardinals. Overall against postseason teams, the Cubs were 22-51 (.301).
6 When allowing at least four runs in a game, the Red Sox went 33-47 (.413), the best record in baseball, while the White Sox were 15-74 (.169) and the Cubs 12-76 (.136).
7 The Braves and the Pirates’ longest losing streak was four, the Reds’ five, the Cardinals’ seven and the Dodgers’ eight. The Cubs never lost more than six in a row.
8 The Cardinals chased 3,165 pitches out of the strike zone. Only the New York Mets showed more discipline in the National League. The Cubs chased 3,488 pitches. Only the Colorado Rockies chased more in the NL.
9 I still can’t figure if this is good or bad — none of the Cubs who were traded made it to the postseason. Jake Peavy will start in Game 4 after he swapped Sox.
The sox & the postseason nine 1 Boston Red Sox batters saw 25,665 pitches and Oakland Athletics batters saw 24,496 pitches. The White Sox did not work pitchers as well, seeing only 22,848 pitches, the fewest of any American League team.
2 Cincinnati Reds relievers were hit at a .216 rate, the Tampa Bay Rays .221, the Atlanta Braves .222, the Pittsburgh Pirates .229 and the White Sox a way-too-high .259.
3 The Sox were 2-17 against the Cleveland Indians, 7-12 against the Detroit Tigers, 2-4 against the Red Sox and 2-5 against the A’s and Rays but had a 2-1 record against the Braves. Overall, against postseason teams, the Sox were 17-44 (.278).
4 The Red Sox’ longest losing streak this season was three games, the Tigers’ was four, the Athletics’ was five, the Rays’ six and the Indians’ eight. The White Sox had losing streaks of eight, nine and 10.
5 The White Sox’ longest streak of consecutive games with a steal was six. Among postseason teams, the Indians had the longest with nine, while the Red Sox had seven, the Rays and Pirates five, the A’s four, the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals three and the Tigers two.
6 Hits on 0-2 counts are killers to pitchers. The Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia had the most in the majors with 21, and Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox had the second-most with 19. Darwin Barney led the Cubs with nine.
7 The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw led the majors with 21 Ultra Quality Starts (at least seven IP, no more than two earned runs) and was 14-1. The White Sox’ Chris Sale had 17 but was just 9-5.
8 In September, Indians pitchers allowed just 83 runs, the Cards 85 and the Reds 89. Sox pitchers allowed 146.
9 Two-out errors are deflating to pitchers and the team. The Tigers allowed seven, the Reds eight and the Braves, Rays and the Indians nine each. The White Sox allowed 22.