Baseball by the numbers

Written By BY BILL CHUCK | @billyball Posted: 06/08/2014, 02:31am
Array Adam Dunn cracked his 450th homer Friday. | Alex Gallardo/AP

This week’s names and numbers in baseball:


1. The Cubs have had 59 managers in their long history since 1876, including the six who managed fewer than 20 games. Since 1900, there have been 17 Cubs managers who led the team for over 100 games and finished above the .500 mark. Don Zimmer was one of them with a 265-258 (.507) record. Since 1900, Zip had the 11th-most managerial wins for the Cubs.

2. No team has been held to six hits or fewer more than the Cubs. It’s already happened 26 times; they’re 5-21 in those games.

3. Starlin Castro leads the Cubs with 10 hits in 28 at-bats when swinging on the first pitch.

4. Last season, Cubs pitchers allowed 73 homers at home, an average of .90 per game. This season at home, they’ve given up 18 homers in their first 25 games, an average of .72 per game.

5. I know sometimes it feels hard to believe, but the fans at Wrigley are seeing the best of the Cubs this season. On the road, the team is 10-21 (.323) — their seventh worst away record for a complete season since 1914. The 1956 Cubs were 21-56 (.273) on the road and in 2012 they were 23-58 (.284).

6. With a runner on third and less than two outs, Nate Schierholtz is the man with 11 RBI (in six at-bats), most on the team. In nine at-bats, Junior Lake has whiffed four times.

7. Speaking of which . . . No batter in the majors swings and misses on a greater percentage of swings than Lake, who misses on 41.5 percent.

8. Batters are hitting .201 off Jason Hammel’s fastball (his favorite pitch) and just .145 off his slider, his second-favorite pitch.

9. Wrigley Field has been 78.6 percent full this season, seventh highest in the majors — certainly a testament to Chicago’s great fans and a great ballpark. On the road, the Cubs have played in ballparks that are 79.9 percent full, second in the majors only to the New York Yankees’ 88.7 percent on the road. This is a testament to . . . I have no idea.


1. Only the Dodgers have more games in which they have stolen a base than the Sox. The Dodgers have steals in 33 games (19-14), while the Sox have steals in 31 games (20-11). Meanwhile, manager Rick Renteria should give the Cubs the red light: In the 20 games in which they’ve stolen a base, the Cubs are 8-12.

2. With his 10th homer of the season Friday, Adam Dunn passed Jeff Bagwell and Vladimir Guerrero for sole possession of 36th on the all-time list with 450. Bagwell reached 449 in 7,797 at-bats and Vlad in 8,155 at-bats. Next ahead of Dunn is Carl Yastrzemski with 452 in 11,988 at-bats.

3. When Jose Quintana lost to the Dodgers last week, he gave up five runs, none earned. Matt Thornton had a game like that in 2011, and in 2002, Todd Ritchie allowed eight runs, none earned.

4. No team in the American League has more games with at least 10 strikeouts than the Sox, who have struck out in double figures in 23 games (11-12).

5. Despite his time on the disabled list, Jose Abreu still trails only Edwin Encarnacion with three multi-homer games. Encarnacion has five. Paul Konerko holds the Sox’ team record with six in 2006.

6. Speaking of Abreu, he and Troy Tulowitzki each have hit eight homers this season rated as ‘‘just enough’’ in terms of distance to be a homer — the most in the majors.

7. The Sox rank seventh in the AL with a .254 batting average. Their catchers lead the league with a .284 average, and their shortstops lead the league with a .326 average.

8. Granted, the sample is small, but no Sox pitcher since 1914 who has tossed at least 40 innings has as low a WHIP as Chris Sale’s 0.596 entering this weekend.

9. Tyler Flowers strikes out way too much. Of his first 65 whiffs, 46 came on swings and misses, 19 just watching the pitch goes by. He has chased 109 pitches, 28 resulting in strikeouts. He has whiffed 35 times at home and 30 on the road. Of the 65 Ks, 26 have come on fastballs, 15 on curves and seven on sliders. Finally, 39 have come with sacks empty, 26 with runners on.


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ENERGY BRANDS: He led the Cubs in homers with 115 when Don Zimmer managed the team from 1988 to 1991.

The Week ahead

U.S. Cellular Field will be like Grand Central Terminal this coming week as the White Sox host two American League Central rivals, the Tigers and the Royals. And the Cubs head to Penn Station as they visit the Pirates and the Phillies in Pennsylvania.


Ryne Sandberg

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