BILL CHUCK: Baseball by the numbers
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Which Alex Rios will the White Sox have this season, the odd-year one or the even-year one? In 2008, Rios hit .291. In 2009, he hit .247. In 2010, he hit .284. In 2011, he hit .227. In 2012, he hit .304. | Getty Images
CHICAGO NINE TO KNOW
1 Odd man out? Which Alex Rios will the White Sox have this season, the odd-year one or the even-year one? In 2008, Rios hit .291. In 2009, he hit .247. In 2010, he hit .284. In 2011, he hit .227. In 2012, he hit .304.
2 Adam Dunn’s favorite counts to hit home runs last season were 0-0 and 1-0; he hit seven on each count. Dunn’s first homer of 2013 came on an 0-0 count.
3 On Addison Reed’s first 25 pitches this season, batters swung and missed only once.
4 Carlos Marmol picked up his 116th save Thursday — and the 56th in which he walked at least one batter.
5 From the start of the 2008 season through the first three games of this season, Jeff Keppinger had struck out 149 times in 2,247 plate appearances (6.6 percent), by far the lowest percentage of any batter with more than 200 plate appearances. Adam Dunn has struck out more than 149 times in a season 10 times in his career.
6 During the last five seasons, the Brewers’ Ryan Braun has gotten more and more comfortable against the Cubs. In 2008, he hit .297 against them. In 2009, he hit .328. In 2010, he hit .323. In 2011, he hit .339. Last season, he hit .377. He has 13 homers and 60 RBI against the Cubs during that time.
7 The White Sox have two 1-0 victories on Opening Day in their history: 2013, thanks to a homer by Tyler Flowers, who took A.J. Pierzynski’s spot behind the plate; and 2005, Pierzynski’s debut game for the Sox.
8 Dayan Viciedo picked up the first ‘‘golden sombrero’’ of his career when he struck out four times Thursday against the Royals.
9 Since the start of the 2008 season, the White Sox and Royals have played 93 games, with the Royals leading 47-46.
1 Mike Morse and Bryce Harper were the first players with two home runs in a game this season. Ryan Braun led the majors with six multihomer games last season.
2 Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well in his first game for the Indians this season but got a no-decision. He has only one victory in his last 15 starts dating to
July 14 of last season.
3 Bronson Arroyo never has missed a scheduled start. Never. He successfully has made 177 minor-league starts and 324 major-league starts.
4 A.J. Pierzynski came within one out of catching his second perfect game; he caught Philip Humber’s perfect game with the White Sox last season. Ron Hassey is the only player to catch two. Jason Varitek is the only catcher with four no-nos.
5 In 12/3 innings in his first two appearances this season, John Axford allowed three homers. Goose Gossage pitched 1412/3 innings in relief for the 1975 White Sox and gave up three homers.
6 Hall of Famer Eppa Rixey led the majors with 3131/3 innings pitched and 25 victories in 1922. He struck out only 80 batters. Matt Harvey has pitched only 661/3 innings in his young career and struck out 80.
7 The Pirates have finished below .500 every season since 1993. The only National League team against whom they have a winning record during that time is the Marlins, with the Pirates going 81-75.
8 CC Sabathia threw 29 pitches 90 mph or faster on Opening Day. Working backward, in his four previous openers for the Yankees, he threw 54, 68, 47 and 54 pitches 90 mph or faster.
9 The Astros’ record for most times striking out in a season is 1,164 in 2011. They struck out 43 times in their first three games this season, putting them on a pace to whiff 2,322 times in 2013.