Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball August 10, 2013 1:42AM
A bases-loaded situation means a summit for Cubs manager Dale Sveum, his pitcher and infield. | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
Updated: September 12, 2013 6:28AM
This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
Chicago nine to SMILE
1. Despite only seven wins, the White Sox’ Chris Sale leads all major-league pitchers with a 5.4 Wins Above Replacement rating.
2. Cubs pitcher Travis Wood has hit three homers and Scott Feldman (before being traded) and Jeff Samardzija have hit one each for a total of five. Yankees third basemen David Adams and Kevin Youkilis have hit two each for a total of four.
3. On July 3, Adam Dunn was hitting .199 — what we hope was his last time under .200. In the 29 games since, he’s hitting .306. Only Alejandro De Aza’s .312 is better on the Sox.
4. Cubs starters’ batting average against is .239, second only to the Pirates’ .235 in the majors. But Cubs relievers’ BAA is .259, 27th in the majors.
5. When the Sox score at least five in a game, they are 22-13 (.629).
6. The Cubs lead the National League in doubles (with the Cardinals) after finishing 12th last season. The last time they led the league in two-baggers was in the 2007 and ’08 seasons.
7. From June 22 to Aug. 8, the Cubs went 20-20 and the Marlins, Reds and Cards each went 19-19.
8. The Cubs have homered in 77 games, the most in the NL.
9. The Cubs’ and the Reds’ batters have each reached on 55 errors, the most in the majors.
Chicago nine to FROWN
1. The Cubs have the worst average in the majors with runners on base at .232.
2. The White Sox are 15th in the American League in runs; the last time they ranked last in the AL was in 1986, when they were 14th of 14.
3. The Cubs rank 15th in the National League in walks issued, which isn’t an improvement over the last three seasons, when they finished 16th, because this year there are only 15 NL clubs.
4. The Sox have scored 31 second-inning runs, the fewest in the majors. The Cubs have scored 39 sixth-inning runs, also the fewest in the majors.
5. The Sox and Orioles have seen a player hit by a pitch in only 21 games this season, the least in the AL.
6. The Sox are the only team this year to have a 10-game and eight-game losing streak.
7. The Sox are the only team this season not to have a winning streak beyond four games.
8. The Sox, Angels and Marlins have the most night losses in baseball with 47.
9. The Sox have fewer wins against opponents in their division than any team in the AL; the Cubs have fewer wins against opponents in their division than any team in the NL.
NAME THAT CUB:
In 1962, this pitcher went 0-for-69 for the Cubs at the plate.
NAME THAT SOX:
His number is retired by the Sox, and his reversed number is also retired by the Sox.
(scroll down for answers)
The Week ahead: The Sox are rewarded for hosting the Detroit Tigers with a trip to face the Twins in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Cubs are in the position of postseason spoiler as they host the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.