Baseball by the numbers

Written By BY BILL CHUCK | @billyball Posted: 09/11/2014, 06:40am
Array CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 03: Dayan Viciedo #24 of the Chicago White Sox follows the flight of his two-run home run in the 5th inning against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field on August 3, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 477587369

This week’s names and numbers in baseball:


1.As of Thursday, Cubs pitchers had allowed 70 runs in the first inning; only the Philadelphia Phillies (75) had allowed more in the majors. Travis Wood, along with Tim Lincecum and Wade Miley, led the majors with 14 first-inning walks.

2.The Cubs only had 80 hits in the second, good for 29th in the majors; the Padres had 79. Cubs pitchers had walked 26 in the second inning, the third fewest in the majors. Edwin Jackson led the majors with 14 second-inning walks.

3.Jake Arrieta has not allowed a third-inning homer and had allowed one run in 16 innings (0.56 ERA). The Cubs had scored only 127 runs in the first three innings of games this season; only the Padres (90) had scored fewer.

4.The Cubs had hit 19 fourth-inning homers, second only to the Colorado Rockies (21) in the NL. Anthony Rizzo had gone deep five times. Cubs pitchers had allowed only 98 hits in the fourth, fewest in the NL.

5.MLB leaders for the most times striking out in the fifth were the Miami Marlins (110), Cubs (108), Atlanta Braves (107) and White Sox (106). Rizzo had 13 whiffs, Junior Lake 12. Cubs pitchers had 103 strikeouts in the fifth, second only to the Braves in the NL.

6.The Cubs and Sox each had scored 69 runs in the sixth; only the Washington Nationals have scored more (78). Batters had hit .340 against Jackson.

7.No team had struck out more in the seventh than the Cubs: 115 times. Lake had 16 whiffs. Brian Schlitter and Justin Grimm had allowed 16 hits each.

8.Cubs pitchers had allowed 75 hits in the eighth, the fewest in baseball, and struck out 119, the most in the NL. Their .188 BAA in the eighth was tied with the Cincinnati Reds’ for the best in baseball.

9.Justin Ruggiano had hit .471 in the ninth; Starlin Castro had hit .361. Cubs opponents were 8-for-8 in steal attempts in the ninth.


1.The White Sox had the lowest first-inning batting average (.221) of any American League team as of Thursday. Across the majors, only the San Diego Padres (.216) had a lower first-inning BA. Sox pitchers had allowed 67 runs in the first, the most in the AL, with Hector Noesi allowing 15.

2.Dayan Viciedo had just one homer and one RBI in the second inning. Sox pitchers had struck out 110 in the second, the most in the AL, led by Jose Quintana with 28. But they also had walked 49 in the second, the most in the majors.

3.In the third, Adam Dunn is hitting like a pitcher; he had a .032 BA (1-for-31). In the first three innings of games this season, the Sox had whiffed 318 times, most in the AL.

4. The Sox were hitting .316 in the fourth; only the Detroit Tigers (.318) had a higher BA. Alexei Ramirez was hitting .391. On the other hand, the Sox had hit into 15 double plays, tied with the St.  Louis Cardinals for most in the majors.

5.The Sox led the majors with 20 homers in the fifth inning; Jose Abreu had six.

6. Batters are only hitting .163 in the sixth inning against Noesi this season. The Sox led the AL with 312 strikeouts in innings four through six; they also led the AL hitting into 35 DPs. Good news: The Sox led the AL with a .788 OPS in the middle innings.

7. Sox pitchers had allowed just four homers in the seventh (John Danks had two), tied with the Kansas City Royals for fewest in the majors. Sox pitchers had allowed 115 total bases; only the Oakland A’s (114) had allowed fewer.

8. Sox pitchers had allowed 17 homers in the eighth, most in the majors; Javy Guerra and Eric Surkamp had allowed three each. The Sox also walked 55 in the eighth, most in the AL.

9. The Sox led the majors with 57 RBI in the ninth; Dunn had seven. But Sox pitchers had allowed 45 walks in the ninth, the most in baseball.


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a jive zebra: On Dec. 1, 1971, Ernie Banks announced his retirement to become a Cubs coach. Exactly 21 years later, this player was born.


The Sox have a short week, playing the Giants on Tuesday and Wednesday in San Francisco. They head home for a weekend set against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cubs can play the spoiler with four at home against the Milwaukee Brewers before taking their youngsters to the Big Apple to face the Mets.


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