Baseball by the numbers: The June Report
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball July 6, 2013 12:12AM
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood throws to the New York Mets in the first inning in a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, May 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
Updated: August 8, 2013 6:42AM
CUBS NINE TO KNOW
1. Cubs and Diamondbacks pitchers tied for the worst NL ERA in June at 4.54.
2. Cubs batters hit the fewest ground balls in the NL in June (285) and hit into an NL-low 15 double plays.
3. Cubs pitchers allowed 32 home runs in June, the second-most to the Diamondbacks’ 40 in the NL, and allowed 124 earned runs, the second-most to the Rockies’ 125.
4. Cubs pitchers allowed a batting average against of .256 in the first six innings in June. In the seventh and later, they allowed an MLB-worst .285 BAA.
5. Cubs and Dodgers pitchers had the worst strike percentage in the NL in June at .626.
6. Cubs batters had 129 singles, the fewest in the NL in June.
7. Only 4.7 percent of the pitches thrown by Cubs pitchers in June were changeups, the fewest in the majors.
8. Cubs batters hit .209 with no one out in June, the lowest average in the majors.
9. The Cubs hit .219 against right-handers in June, the worst average in the NL.
SOX NINE TO KNOW
1. White Sox baserunners led the AL with 25 steals in June. They were caught seven times.
2. White Sox pitchers allowed 257 hits in June, the second-most to the Red Sox’ 258 in the AL.
3. For the second consecutive month, White Sox infielders hit seven homers in June.
4. White Sox pitchers had 8.46 strikeouts per nine innings in June, the best rate in baseball.
5. The White Sox hit .319 with runners in scoring position and two outs in June, the best average in the AL.
6. White Sox pitchers threw 774 called strikes in June, the most in the majors.
7. The White Sox took 59 called third strikes in June, the most in baseball.
8. For the second consecutive month, 11 batters reached on White Sox errors.
9. The White Sox hit .215 with 16 extra-base hits, 16 walks and 45 whiffs against left-handers in June.
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The Week ahead Guaranteed, if the weather is decent Monday, only one Chicago team will lose. Then the Sox head to Detroit and Philadelphia, while the Cubs host the suddenly hot Angels and the Cardinals.