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Updated: July 2, 2014 6:26AM

This week’s names and numbers in baseball:


1. No player in the majors has hits in more games this season than Alexei Ramirez, who had at least one in 44 of the Sox’ first 55 games. But his 3.18 pitches per plate appearance were the lowest in baseball.

2. Alejandro De Aza is hitting .175 against the fastball this season, the second-worst in the majors (the Seattle Mariners’ Brad Miller is hitting .160).

3. The Sox are the only team that hasn’t thrown a shutout this season.

4. Adrian Nieto and Leury Garcia are the two Sox switch-hitters to appear in games this season. The team record is six in 1985, when John Cangelosi, Julio Cruz, Steve Fireovid, Mark Gilbert, Jerry Hairston and Bryan Little all made appearances.

5. The average major-league team is hitting .245 with the bases loaded. The Sox were hitting .289 with Marcus Semien 2-3, Jose Abreu 2-4 and Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko 1-1. De Aza was 0-4.

6. Adam Dunn has walked in 19.7 percent of all of his plate appearances, the highest rate in the majors. His 4.51 pitches per plate appearance is the fourth best in baseball.

7. Sox pitchers have the best rate of producing ground balls when on the road this season in the American League with 49.5 percent of all balls in play being batted or bunted grounders.

8. In May, the Sox had struck out 233 times, the most of any team. The Cubs had whiffed 211 times, 26th worst in the majors.

9. De Aza’s awful April, when he hit .185 with four homers and 11 RBI, looks great compared to his May, when he had hit .169 with no homers and six RBI.


1. The Cubs have the worst batting average in the majors against fastballs, hitting just .238, 30 points below the MLB average.

2. Starlin Castro had a hit in 16 out of the Cubs’ first 19 wins, the most on the team. Mike Olt had no hits in 20 of the Cubs’ first 32 losses, also the most on the team.

3. Emilio Bonifacio, Ryan Kalish, Junior Lake, Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney all have played center field for the Cubs this season. Only the Toronto Blue Jays (six) have had more center fielders.

4. Batters are only hitting .245 against Cubs pitchers’ fastballs but .287 off Sox pitchers’ heat.

5. In May, Cubs pitchers had held batters to a .229 batting average against, the lowest average in the National League. Oddly, both starters and the bullpen had the same .229 BAA.

6. But, in May, Cubs batters were hitting just .226, the worst batting average in all of baseball.

7. No Cubs pitcher has thrown a complete game this season. The fewest since 1914 were in 2010 and 2012, when the Cubs had just one. They had three last season: two from Jeff Samardzija and one from Scott Feldman.

8. It’s called ‘‘regression to the mean’’ as Bonifacio, a lifetime .263 hitter who hit .337 in April, was hitting .204 in May, resulting in a .273 BA.

9. When the Cubs allow more than three runs, their record is 7-24; more than four runs it’s 4-17, and when allowing more than five runs, they are 0-8.


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Let’s see if the Sox will be singing Randy Newman’s classic ‘‘I Love L.A.’’ after spending the next week playing the Dodgers for three and the Angels for three. The Cubs will be hosting the NL East ‘‘M&M’’ teams as the Mets and Marlins come to town.


Bill Madlock

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