Baseball by the numbers with Bill Chuck
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball October 12, 2013 12:10AM
Updated: November 14, 2013 6:33AM
This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
The cubs & the postseason nine
1. No team had fewer games of 10 or more hits allowed than the Cubs with 45. Sox pitchers permitted 10 or more hits in 60 games.
2. The 2013 Pirates pitching staff allowed the second-fewest runs (577) in baseball. The last full season in which the Cubs yielded fewer than 600 runs was 1963 (578).
3. Joey Votto played 19 games against the Cubs this season and had hits in 16 of them.
4. On the first pitch of an at-bat, Anthony Rizzo hit .414 (41-for 99) and Alexei Ramirez .311 (32-for-103). No other Cubs or Sox player had more than 18 hits on 0-0 counts.
5. The Cubs had 18 pitchers with at least one victory in 2013. The Sox had 16.
6. Edwin Jackson allowed first-inning runs in 21 starts for the Cubs. Jose Quintana allowed first-inning runs in 16 starts for the Sox.
7. The Sox’ 3-4-5 batters hit .243, but the Cubs’ 3-4-5 batters hit .238, the worst in the majors.
8. The Cubs had 26 blown saves this season and eventually won only seven of those games.
9. On Oct. 8, 1945, Andy Pafko went 2-for-6 in the last World Series game won by the Cubs. On Oct. 8, 2013, 68 years to the day, Pafko died at a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich. He was 92.
The SOX & the postseason nine
1. Sox starting pitchers won 44 games, their lowest total since they won 43 in 1995, when they played only 145 games. Cubs starting pitchers won 45 games, the same as in 2002.
2. Adam Wainwright recorded the most first-pitch strikes this season with 617. Chris Sale had 549, Jose Quintana 548 and Jeff Samardzija 547 to lead Chicago teams.
3. Victor Martinez played 19 games against the Sox this season and had hits in 16 of them.
4. The Sox had 20 blown saves this season and eventually won only four of those games.
5. During the regular season, the Red Sox’ record when leading after six innings was 76-7. The Sox were 49-13 and the Cubs 48-14.
6. With two runners on base, Paul Konerko led the Sox with a .339 average. Nate Schierholtz led the Cubs with a .254 average.
7. With a runner on third and less than two outs, Brandon Phillips led the majors with 51 RBI. Alejandro De Aza led the Sox with 18, and Anthony Rizzo led the Cubs with 16.
8. In games decided by four or more runs, the Cubs were 20-36. The Sox were 11-31.
9. The power of the 1-1 pitch: Conor Gillaspie hit .421 on 2-1 counts but .070 on 1-2 counts.
Chicago-graM: BLINKER CLUB
(answer to the anagram is below)
Andy Pafko was a Cub before he watched Bobby Thomson’s ‘‘Shot Heard Round the World’’ sail over the left-field wall as a Dodger in 1951. This player was a Cub after he watched Hank Aaron’s then-record-breaking 715th home run sail over the left-field wall as a Dodger in 1974.