BILL CHUCK: Baseball by the numbers
BY BILL CHUCK email@example.com | @billyball June 28, 2014 12:07AM
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo watches his two-run double off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton, scoring Edwin Jackson and Luis Valbuena, during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, June 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) ORG XMIT: CXC114
Updated: June 29, 2014 2:34AM
CHICAGO NINE TO KNOW
1 Congratulations to Tim Lincecum, but do we really need to keep hearing about Addie Joss? Joss is a Hall of Famer who pitched for Cleveland at the start of the 20th century. Up until Lincecum no-hit the Padres twice, Joss was the only pitcher to no-hit the same team (twice against the White Sox in 1908 and 1910). Joss had a lifetime WHIP of 0.968.
2 They say you have to get to good pitchers early, but forget that with Chris Sale. In the combined first three innings of his 11 starts, he has allowed four runs. He has struck out 42 in 33 innings.
3 Alexei Ramirez has put 59 first pitches of an at-bat in play, third most in the majors; he’s hitting .328 on those pitches.
4 From June 11 to 25, Gordon Beckham had played 14 straight games without getting at least two hits and hitting .145. In April 2011, he went 19 games without a multi-hit game while hitting .119.
5 Jose Abreu hitting his 23rd homer got me thinking that Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Brooks Robinson each had 19 seasons and Carl Yastrzemski and Robin Yount each had 18 seasons in which they did not hit as many as 23 homers.
6 Abreu and Brandon Moss of the Athletics led the majors with nine two-out homers.
7 Over the last 10 seasons, no one in baseball has struck out more frequently than Adam Dunn. The same is true for the last nine, eight, six, five, four and three seasons. Mark Reynolds has 13 more strikeouts than Dunn over the last seven seasons (2008-14).
8 On Saturdays this season, the Sox have a total of 21 extra-base hits and just four homers, which certainly contributes to their 0-12 record.
9 The Sox bullpen has walked 134 batters, 18 more than any other team in the majors.
NATIONAL NINE TO KNOW
1 The Cubs were last in the majors in walks this month with just 48.
2 Bill Hamilton of the Reds had stolen 11 bases this month; the Cubs as a team had ripped off six.
3 Since May 22, Justin Verlander has a 6.98 ERA; only one pitcher in baseball has a worse ERA: Edwin Jackson at 7.13.
4 The Cubs had scored four-plus runs in 34 games this season; only the Padres with 30 had done it in fewer games.
5 Nate Schierholtz has had oh-fers in 25 Cubs losses this season, the most on the team. Mike Olt has gone hitless in 24 losses.
6 Looking deeper into Starlin Castro already exceeding his RBI total from last season: In 2013, he had an RBI every 15.1 times at bat; this season, he drives someone home every 6.7 at-bats. In addition, 28 percent of Castro’s hits were for extra-bases in 2013 and this year, that number is up to 40 percent.
7 Neil Ramirez has a one-inning save this season in which he threw 26 pitches. Hector Rondon has two in which he threw 18, his high for the year.
8 Last season, Anthony Rizzo hit .230 against fastballs and .213 against curves. This season, those numbers were up to .304 and .302, respectively.
9 There are 40 pitchers who have allowed five homers this season, but no one has faced more batters than Jeff Samardzija, who has allowed five gophers to 426 batters. His rate of 0.44 homers per nine innings is eighth best in the majors.
The Week ahead
The Angels and Mariners come to town to face the Sox this week. Both teams are improving and are dangerous. The Cubs start their longest road trip of the year in the home of the Revolutionary War and the Red Sox, Boston, before celebrating a patriotic Fourth of July in Washington, D.C., against the Nationals.