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Adam Dunn sees 4.49 pitches per plate appearance. | AP

Adam Dunn sees 4.49 pitches per plate appearance. | AP

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Updated: June 26, 2014 6:39AM



This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CUBS NINE TO KNOW

1. Danny Jackson (1991-92), Bill Caudill (1979-81) and Dick Drott (1959-61) each went 20 consecutive starts for the Cubs without picking up a victory. Jeff Samardzija’s 16 ties him with Dutch McCall (1948) and leaves him two behind Ryan Dempster (2011-12).

2. Speaking of Samardzija, he leads the Cubs with seven ultra-quality starts (seven or more innings, two or fewer earned runs allowed). He is tied with the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright in that category and trails only the Reds’ Johnny Cueto (nine).

3. After nine starts, Jason Hammel is 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a .190 batting average against. After nine starts last season with the Orioles, Hammel was 5-2 with a 5.72 ERA and a .299 batting average against.

4. In their 13-inning loss Wednesday to the Yankees, the Cubs struck out 15 times. It was the 31st time they’ve had 15 whiffs in a game since 1914.

5. The Cubs see 3.92 pitches per plate appearance, the most in the National League.

6. Emilio Bonifacio leads the NL with 32.4 percent of his hits going to the opposite field.

7. Cubs hitters have the second-highest strikeout rate in the National League at 23.5 percent.

8. Derek Jeter ended his career with a .231 batting average against the Cubs (9-for-39), tied for his second-lowest against any team. He is hitting only .217 (10-for-46) against the Astros.

9. In 1992, Greg Maddux, the Cubs’ last Cy Young Award winner, had a 2.18 ERA, 1.011 WHIP and .210 batting average against. This season, Samardzija has a 1.46 ERA, 1.088 WHIP and .216 batting average against.

WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW

1. The White Sox are 3-0 in 7-6 games this season after winning back-to-back games by that score last week against the Royals. They are 5-3 this season when they allow six runs.

2. Adam Dunn has the fifth-lowest chase rate in the majors: Only 16 percent of his swings are on pitches out of the strike zone. That’s why he sees 4.49 pitches per plate appearance, fourth-most in the majors.

3. Alejandro De Aza has come to the plate 23 times with two outs and no one on and has extended the inning only once — with a single.

4. Do you know who sees the fewest pitches per plate appearance in the majors? Alexei Ramirez at 3.14.

5. Sox hitters have the second-highest strikeout rate in the American League at 22.9 percent.

6. Sox catchers have the lowest Total Zone Rating at minus-7 runs. The fielding metric lists Tyler Flowers at minus-4 and Adrian Nieto at minus-3.

7. The Sox have the worst team ERA in the majors (4.78) and the worst ERA for starters (5.34).

8. In the 91 times De Aza has had two strikes in the count, he has hit .098.

9. Marcus Semien leads the majors with seven strikeouts with a runner on third and less than two outs.

Chicago-gram:

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LUCK NIBBLER

On May 25, 1984, the Red Sox traded Dennis Eckersley and Mike Brumley to the Cubs for this player.

The Week ahead

The Cubs’ week begins with Jeff Samardzija starting a three-game series Monday at the Giants, then the month ends with three games at the Brewers. The Sox host the Indians for the first of three games Monday, then the month ends with a three-game visit from the Padres.

Chicago-GRAM ANSWER:

Bill Buckner



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