Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball August 31, 2013 1:10AM
Chicago White Sox Photo Day
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:31AM
This week’s names & numbers in baseball:
NINE FOR CHICAGO
1. Last season, the White Sox set a team record in striking out 1,203 times (7.42 per game). Through 132 games this season, they had struck out 953 times (7.21).
2. Last season, the Cubs tied their team record, originally set in 2010, for the fewest complete games thrown in a season. This season, Jeff Samardzija has two and Scott Feldman had one.
3. Last season, the Sox set a team record with only 70 errors (0.43 per game). This season, they already had committed 91 errors (0.68 per game).
4. Chris Sale has tied the Sox record with six games of at least 10 strikeouts in a season. Juan Pizarro originally set the record in 1961.
5. Last season, the Sox pitchers set a team record in striking out 1,246 opponents (7.69 per game). This season, they had already whiffed 1,061 opponents (8.03 per game).
6. The most doubles in Cubs history is 340, hit in 1931 and 2007. The Cubs are third in the majors this season with 246, 1.84 per game, which puts them on a pace for 300 this season.
7. Luke Appling, who had 42 doubles in 1937, holds the Sox record for doubles by a shortstop in a season. Jose Valentin had 37 for the 2000 Sox, and Appling had 36 in 1933, the same as Alexei Ramirez this season.
8. Entering the weekend, Anthony Rizzo led the Cubs with 69 RBI. Since the strike-shortened season of 1994, the fewest RBI to lead the team were the 83 by Aramis Ramirez in 2010.
9. The shortstops with the most strikeouts this season are Washington’s Ian Desmond (119), the Cubs’ Starlin Castro (111) and Boston’s Stephen Drew (100). The Cubs’ SS strikeout record is 136 by Alex Gonzalez, set in 2002.
NATIONAL NINE TO KNOW
1. Jake Peavy, July 30 to Boston: 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA in five starts with a sparkling 0.980 WHIP.
2. Jesse Crain, July 29 to Tampa Bay: Has not gotten off the DL and might be shut down for the season without making an appearance for the Rays.
3. Matt Thornton, July 12 to Boston: 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 11 relief appearances. Was on the DL for 20 days.
4. Alfonso Soriano, July 26 to the Yankees: He’s been a Bronx Bomber with 11 homers and 33 RBI in 31 games. He’s hitting .268 with an .874 OPS, and he has five steals.
5. Matt Garza, July 22 to Texas: Garza is 3-2 in seven starts, giving up 48 hits in 48.2 IP with 44 strikeouts. He has allowed eight homers, just like he did in 71 innings for the Cubs.
6. Carlos Marmol, July 2 to the Dodgers: 12 IP in 12 appearances with 12 strikeouts. But some things never change; Marmol has issued nine walks and 11 hits. He has a 3.00 ERA and a 1.667 WHIP.
7. Scott Hairston, July 8 to Washington: Hitting .200 with one homer and three RBI. He’s 2-for-11 as a Nationals pinch-hitter.
8. Scott Feldman, July 2 to Baltimore: 4-3 for the O’s with a 4.56 ERA and a shaky 1.275 WHIP in nine starts.
9. And . . . Bryan LaHair, the 2012 Cubs All-Star who was released last November, is hitting .233 for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks of the Japan Pacific League with 16 homers and 57 RBI. He leads the team with 116 strikeouts.
Only five Cubs pitchers have hit two homers in a game. This one did it on Sept. 1, 1971.
Frees Joking Nuns
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The Week ahead: It’s an ‘‘all-M’’ week ahead for the Cubs as they host the Miami Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers. The Sox’ American League East spoiler tour continues with visits to the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.