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Travis Wood doesn’t have an impressive WHIP road where Chicago pitchers are lackluster general. | Paul Beaty/AP

Travis Wood doesn’t have an impressive WHIP on the road, where Chicago pitchers are lackluster in general. | Paul Beaty/AP

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Updated: August 28, 2014 6:36AM



This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

CHICAGO BATTERS NINE TO KNOW

1. Since June 1, Jose Abreu led the majors with 15 homers, followed by Anthony Rizzo with 14.

2. Abreu and Starlin Castro are the leading Chicago hitters on the road. Both were hitting .283, good for 46th in the majors.

3. This season, Dayan Viciedo had reached on six errors, Abreu on five and Rizzo on four to lead Chicago.

4. Adam Eaton had hit .281 from the leadoff spot this season, the 10th-best batting average in the majors among batters with at least 250 at-bats leading off. Emilio Bonifacio’s .268 ranked 15th, but his 29 runs scored were fewest in the majors.

5. The Cubs were tied for second with the Houston Astros with 25 games in which they’d gotten five hits or less. Both teams were 3-22 in those games. The San Diego Padres had the most and were 8-29 when getting five hits or less. The White Sox were 4-14.

6. The Cubs have reached double figures three times this season and the Sox just twice. Last season, the Cubs had the fewest 10-plus-run games with two. The Sox had five.

7. The No. 8 guys in the Sox lineup were hitting .292, tied with the Kansas City Royals for the best in baseball. Cubs No. 8s were hitting .205, 28th in the majors.

8. The Sox had a runner on second 107 times when a batter singled, and 68 scored (63.5 percent). The Cubs’ rate is 61.7  percent (89/55).

9. American League teams were averaging 12 pinch-hits this season; the White Sox had 16 pinch-hits, led by Paul Konerko’s six. Only Delmon Young, with eight, had more. National League teams were averaging 28 pinch-hits this season; the Cubs had 20, led by Justin Ruggiano’s five. Brandon Barnes, Reed Johnson and Travis Snyder led the majors with 11.

CHICAGO PITCHERS NINE TO KNOW

1. American League teams were averaging 28-31 against teams .500 or better; the White Sox were 30-32.

2. National League teams were averaging 23-30 against teams .500 or better; the Cubs were 22-42. Only the Rockies have a worse record.

3. On the road, White Sox pitchers had a 4.48 ERA, 28th in baseball. Cubs pitchers have a 4.20 road ERA, ranked 23rd.

4. Sox pitchers had given up 31 two-out homers this season, the Cubs had allowed only 19.

5. Cubs pitchers had struck out 209 batters from the eighth inning on, while Sox pitchers had whiffed 157, the 27th most in baseball.

6. Three of the four worst road WHIPs for pitchers are in Chicago: Ricky Nolasco of the Twins has a 1.916, followed by Travis Wood’s 1.790, John Danks’ 1.610 and Edwin Jackson’s 1.558.

7. Sox pitchers had allowed 21 homers to cleanup batters, the most in baseball. Cubs pitchers had given up 14 homers to the No.  4 batter in the lineup.

8. Both the Cubs and the Sox have had nine starting pitchers this season. Last season, the Cubs had nine and the Sox had 10.

9. Just sayin’: Chris Sale is throwing his slider 18.0 percent of the time this season compared to 29.5 percent last season and 26.1 percent in 2012. Overall, batters hit .235 against Sale in 2012, .230 last season and .196 this season.

CHICAGO-GRAM:

Chicago player anagram (scroll down for answer)

BALLET REBEL

In 1998, this Sox outfielder set an MLB record for most homers in July with 16. Mark McGwire tied him in 1999. BTW: Don’t call him Joey.

The Week ahead:

This is a fun week coming up in baseball because Thursday is the trade deadline. The Cubs are home for four against the Rockies, then head out to L.A. to face Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers to begin August. The Sox are at Comerica Park to end July, facing the Tigers, then start August at home against the Twins.

CHICAGO-GRAM ANSWER:

Albert Belle



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