CHUCK: Sox and Cubs by the numbers
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball August 16, 2013 11:30PM
Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:44AM
THE SOX LAST TIME NINE
1The last time the Sox finished below .500 was in 2011. But the last time they had 91 or more losses was in 1989 and the last time they had 100 or more was in 1970, when they finished 56-106.
2The last time Paul Konerko tripled was on Sept. 15, 2010. That streak is nothing compared to when he went from May 17, 2000, to June 6, 2008 – a streak of 1,211 games — without one.
3The last time the Sox had consecutive seasons above .500 was 2001-06. They haven’t had consecutive seasons below .500 since 1997-99.
4Chris Sale leads the American League with four complete games. The last Sox pitcher to lead the AL was Bartolo Colon, who tied Roy Halladay and Mark Mulder with nine in 2003.
5The last time the Sox led the AL in home runs was in 2008. They’re 13th this season. The last time they finished that low was 1989, when they finished 14th.
6The last time the Sox didn’t have a player with 100 RBI for two successive seasons was 1988 (Harold Baines led them with 81) and 1989 (Ivan Calderon led them with 87). Adam Dunn had 96 RBI last season and has a ways to go to reach 100 this season.
7The Sox have played the fewest games decided by four or more runs this season and at 8-20 are the only team that hasn’t won at least 10 such games. The last time the Sox played fewer than 50 games decided by four or more runs was 1994, when they went 34-14.
8The Sox have used 40 batters this season. The last and only time the team used 50 batters was 1932.
9Alfonso Soriano leads the majors with five multihomer games, three with the Cubs. The last Chicago player with that many multihomer games in a season was Paul Konerko, who had six in 2006. Derrek Lee had eight for the Cubs in 2005.
CUBS LAST TIME NINE
1The last time the Cubs finished above .500 was in 2009, which is also the last time they had a better winning percentage than the Sox (.516 to .488).
2Alfonso Soriano, who has been traded, still leads the Cubs with nine stolen bases. The last time the Cubs didn’t have a player with at least 20 stolen bases was 2010, when Ryan Theriot led with 16.
3The last time the Cubs led the National League in home runs was 2004. They’re second this season.
4Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with at least one RBI in 39 games. The last time the Cubs’ leader had an RBI in fewer than 60 games was 2003, when Sammy Sosa had an RBI in 59 games.
5Twenty major-league pitchers have allowed at least nine runs in a game this season, with the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija the only pitcher to do it twice. The last Cubs pitcher with two such games in a season was Ruben Quevedo in 2000. Jose Contreras was the last Sox pitcher to do it (2007).
6Last week, J.J. Hoover of the Reds beat the Cubs on his birthday. The last pitcher to beat the Cubs on his birthday was Graeme Lloyd on April 9, 2001. Randy Wells was the last Cubs pitcher to win on his birthday (Aug. 28, 2010).
7From June 20 to Aug. 14, the Dodgers went 40-10. The last time the Cubs won 40 times in a 50-game stretch was 1910. The Sox never have been better than 39-11 in a 50-game period.
8 The Cubs have used 26 pitchers this season. The last and only time the team used 30 pitchers was last season.
9The Cubs’ Welington Castillo has been hit by a team-leading 11 pitches. The last and only Cubs catcher with that many HBPs is Scott Servais, who was hit by 14 pitches in 1994.
||| The Last Trade
On this date in 1977, the Sox traded Larry Anderson and cash to the Cubs for Steve Renko. The last trade between the South Siders and North Siders was on Nov. 16, 2006, when the Sox traded Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and minor-leaguer Carlos Vasquez.