Baseball by the numbers: White Sox & Cubs’ ‘Nine To Know’
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball April 6, 2014 2:20PM
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Updated: May 7, 2014 6:25AM
This week’s names & numbers in baseball:
WHITE SOX NINE TO KNOW
1. Paul Konerko has had seasons in which he has hit 39, 40 and 41 homers, but he never has had seasons with 23, 25, 29, 30, 33 or 34 homers.
2. Jose Abreu is only the third major-leaguer to wear No. 79 and is one of 180 players born in Cuba to play in the majors.
3. The Sox and Rockies, who play Monday through Wednesday, have faced off nine times. The Sox are 6-3 against the Rockies, including 5-1 in Denver.
4. Frank Thomas holds the Sox’ top three seasons for intentional walks, with 29 in 1995, 26 in 1996 and 23 in 1993. Jose Abreu had two in the Sox’ second game of the season. Adam Dunn led the team with seven last season.
5. Since 1901, the Sox are 1,048-1,017 against the Indians. Last season, the Sox were 2-17 against the Tribe, losing their last 14 in a row. That is the longest streak by either team in the rivalry. The Sox plan on breaking the streak Thursday.
6. Adam Dunn tied Dave Kingman for 38th place on the all-time home-run list. Kingman finished his career with 442 homers, including 94 in three seasons with the Cubs.
7. When Jose Abreu tripled with the bases loaded Thursday, he joined Carlos Quentin, Juan Uribe, Dayan Viciedo and Brent Lillibridge (who did it twice in 2010) as the only Sox with three-run triples since 2004.
8. Jose Quintana set an American League record for starters last season with 17 no-decisions and had another in his first start this season. Bert Blyleven holds the major-league record with 20 for the 1979 Pirates.
9. Tyler Flowers had his first four-hit game in the 195th game of his career Thursday. He previously had two three-hit games.
CUBS NINE TO KNOW
1. The official snowfall total at O’Hare, measured from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, is 80 inches. Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe stood at 79 inches.
2. It wasn’t a huge shock to see the Cubs lose 1-0 on Opening Day. The Cubs lost four 1-0 games last season and have lost 10 since 2009.
3. After Carlos Villanueva lost the Cubs’ first two games in relief, I found that Gene Garber lost 16 games for the 1979 Braves, the most for any full-time reliever in a season. Wilbur Wood lost 13 games in relief for the 1970 Sox, and Lee Smith (twice), Dick Tidrow and Bruce Sutter lost 10 for the Cubs.
4. In case you’re tracking these things, the Cubs’ last Opening Day triple was hit by Ian Stewart in 2012. The Sox’ last Opening Day triple was hit by Ray Durham in 1999.
5. Last April, Emilio Bonifacio had 12 hits in 67 at-bats. This season, he started with 11 hits in his first 19 at-bats.
6. Emilio Bonifacio’s five-hit game reminded me that Billy Williams, Derrek Lee, Don Kessinger, Stan Hack, Frank Demaree and Phil Cavarretta each had four games of at least five hits for the Cubs.
7. The Cubs started the 1964 season with two extra-inning games against the Pirates, a victory in 10 and a loss in 12. The Pirates’ Roy Face lost the first game and won the second, but he finished the season 3-3 in 55 appearances.
8. The Cubs were 1-2 in one-run games in their first three games. The franchise record for most one-run games in a season is 66 in 1974. The Cubs went 30-36 in those games.
9. Since 2009, the Cubs are 20-20 against the Cardinals at home but 14-28 against them in St. Louis.
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The Week ahead
The White Sox head to Colorado, the state that has redefined the song ‘‘Rocky Mountain High,’’ then host the Cleveland Indians for four. The Cubs host the Pirates before heading to St. Louis. We’ll see what is in the Cards this season.