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When catcher Yadier Molinplayed this seasCardinals opponents had .667 OPS. | David J. Phillip/AP

When catcher Yadier Molina played this season, Cardinals opponents had a .667 OPS. | David J. Phillip/AP

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Updated: November 28, 2013 6:32AM



This week’s names and numbers in baseball:

The White Sox and The Red Sox/Cardinals NINE

1. The Red Sox were a not-particularly-impressive 21-21 in one-run games this season. The Cardinals were a not-so-great 20-16. But the White Sox were 24-36 (.400).

2. In the five games Adam Dunn played against the Red Sox this season, he hit one home run. That was his only hit in 17 at-bats (.059).

3. Don’t minimize the importance of on-base percentage as a measure for success. The Red Sox led the American League with a .349 OBP, and the Cardinals led the National League at .332. The Sox were 14th in the AL at .302 (and the Cubs 14th in the NL at .300).

4. As we continue the Paul Konerko 2014 watch, I noticed he has two homers, 16 RBI and a .316 average in 22 career games against the Cardinals and 21 homers, 60 RBI and a .288 average in 103 career games against the Red Sox.

5.The Cardinals and Red Sox each had three players with 81 or more RBI this season. The only player in Chicago with at least 81 RBI was Adam Dunn with 86.

6. The Red Sox led the majors with 363 doubles. The Cardinals were second with 322. The White Sox hit 237 doubles, the fewest in the AL.

7. John Lackey and Ryan Dempster each allowed 26 homers for the Red Sox. Lance Lynn permitted 20 homers for the Cardinals. The White Sox had four pitchers who allowed more than 20 homers.

8. Red Sox batters saw 25,665 pitches this season. The Cardinals saw more than 2,000 fewer with 23,345. The White Sox saw almost 3,000 fewer with 22,848.

9.The Red Sox were caught stealing only 19 times in 142 attempts (86.6 percent success rate). The Cardinals were caught 22 times in 67 attempts (67.2 percent). The White Sox were caught 42 times in 147 attempts (71.4 percent success rate).

The CUBS and The Red Sox/Cardinals NINE

1.In games decided by four runs this season, the Red Sox were 15-6 and the Cardinals 14-8, showing both teams knew how to blow out the opposition. On the other hand, the Cubs were 3-17 in four-run games, the worst record in the NL.

2. Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo each homered twice against the Cardinals. Starlin Castro played 19 games against them and whiffed 19 times.

3.You need a lineup you can rely on from game to game throughout the season. The Cardinals had eight players who appeared in at least 130 games this season, the most in the majors. The Red Sox had five. Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz played in 130 or more games for the Cubs.

4.A hold is one way to measure your middle relievers. Like saves, you can’t have a lot of hold situations if the reliever doesn’t enter the game with the lead. Having said that, the Cardinals had 83 holds and the Red Sox 74. The White Sox had 89 holds, but the Cubs had only 63.

5.Second base features critical players for both World Series teams. At second for the Red Sox is Dustin Pedroia (.301, 193 hits, 42 doubles). At second for the Cardinals is Matt Carpenter (.318, 199 hits, 55 doubles). At second for the Cubs is Darwin Barney (.208, 104 hits, 25 doubles).

6.Looking at World Series pitchers who made at least 20 quality starts, the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright had 26 and the Red Sox’ Jon Lester 20. The Cubs’ Travis Wood had 24.

7.When Yadier Molina was behind the plate, Cardinals opponents had a .667 OPS. When Jarrod Saltalamacchia was behind the plate, Red Sox opponents had a .712 OPS. When Welington Castillo was behind the plate, Cubs opponents had a .719 OPS.

8. Red Sox pitchers threw 12,574 fastballs this season. Cardinals pitchers 11,809. Cubs pitchers threw only 10,801.

9.With the bases loaded this season, the Cardinals hit .370 and the Red Sox .301. The White Sox hit .298 and the Cubs hit .231.

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