Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball September 21, 2013 1:26AM
The Rockies’ Todd Helton (center), who is retiring after this season, hit .304 in 92 career games against the Cubs. | AP
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:28AM
This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
CHICAGO NINE TO KNOW
1. For those of you who keep track of such things, the most combined losses in a season for the two Chicago teams was 191 in 1948. The White Sox went 51-101, and the Cubs went 64-90.
2. Through Thursday, the Sox had scored three runs or fewer 77 times (15-62). The Cubs had done it 75 times (16-59).
3. Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn each hit a walk-off home run this season for the Sox, but no Cubs player had done it.
4. Anthony Rizzo leads the Cubs with nine games of at least 0-for-5. Alejandro De Aza leads the Sox with six.
5. Jeff Samardzija leads the Cubs with nine games of allowing at least five runs. Dylan Axelrod leads the Sox with seven.
6. Paul Konerko is only 2-for-12 (.167) with a runner on third and less than two outs. But thanks to four sacrifice flies and a bases-loaded walk, he had nine RBI.
7. Rtot is a fielding stat that measures the number of runs above or below average a player is worth. The Sox have the worst Rtot in the majors at minus-70; the Cubs are above average at plus-11.
8. Through Thursday, Cubs pitchers had made 86 quality starts (at least six innings with no more than three earned runs) and Sox pitchers 85. Cubs pitchers had made 37 ultra-quality starts (at least seven innings with no more than two runs total) and Sox pitchers 35.
9. If there are two numbers that stand out this season for the Cubs, it is leading the National League in extra-base hits with 461 and having the worst average with runners in scoring position in the majors at .218.
THE CHICAGO OPPONENT NINE
1. In his career, Mariano Rivera appeared in 63 games against the White Sox and saved 43, his fifth-most against any opponent. Rivera was 4-for-4 in save chances against the Cubs.
2. The Sox were 3-4 against the Angels this season, making them 351-351-1 against them all-time.
3. In 92 career games against the Cubs, Todd Helton, who is retiring at the end of this season, hit .304 with 16 homers. In 29 at-bats against the Sox, Helton hit .172 with no homers.
4. The Cubs started the season with an all-time record of 1,020-1,008-16 against the Reds. They finished the season with a record of 1,025-1,022-16 against them after after going 5-14.
5. Chris Davis, who has set an Orioles single-season home-run record, breaking Brady Anderson’s old mark of 50 set in 1996, went deep twice against the Sox this season but didn’t play the Cubs.
6. Entering play Friday, Miguel Cabrera had 10 hits this season against the Sox: six singles and four homers.
7. Justin Upton (Cubs), Carlos Santana (Sox), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Cubs) and Jason Giambi (Sox) hit walk-off homers this season against Chicago pitchers.
8. Todd Frazier has hit four of his 16 homers this season against the Cubs, the most of any opponent.
9. Victor Martinez has 25 hits and a .424 average this season against the Sox, the most of any
Chicago-gram: Chicago baseball player anagram
He has the seventh-most homers in the majors, but he’s not in the top 10 in either league.
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The FINAL CHICAGO Week ahead
After facing the Blue Jays in a makeup game Monday, the Sox have a chance to help determine an AL wild-card participant, with the Indians counting on two victories at home and the Royals looking to sweep four on the South Side. The Cubs have a chance to help determine the NL Central champion, with the Pirates counting on three victories at Wrigley Field and the Cardinals looking to sweep three in St. Louis.