This week’s names and numbers in baseball:
BATTERS: NINE TO KNOW AT THE BREAK
1. Thirty-nine players had 100 or more hits, including Starlin Castro and Alexei Ramirez with 103 each.
2. Thirty-three players had 15 or more home runs, including Jose Abreu with 29 and Anthony Rizzo with 20.
3. Sixty-two players had 20 or more doubles, including Castro with 26, Conor Gillaspie with 23, Luis Valbuena with 22 and Abreu with 20.4. Forty-two players had 50 or more RBI, including Abreu with 73 and Castro with 52.
5. Thirty-eight players had 12 or more stolen bases, including Ramirez with 15, Emilio Bonifacio with 13 and Alejandro De Aza with 12.
6. Thirty-seven players had 40 or more walks, including Adam Dunn with 56 and Rizzo with 53.7. Forty-six players had 80 or more strikeouts, including Tyler Flowers with 102, Dunn with 100, Junior Lake with 93 and Abreu with 82.
8. Thirty-eight players had 160 or more total bases, including Abreu with 203, Rizzo with 172 and Castro with 164.
9. Forty-three players had produced 85 or more runs (RBI + runs scored – homers), including Abreu with 93 and Rizzo with 91.
PITCHERS: NINE TO KNOW AT THE BREAK
1. Twenty-three starters had ERAs of 3.00 or lower, including Chris Sale at 2.08 and Jeff Samardzija at 2.78 (2.83 with the Cubs).
2. Thirty-three starters had a WHIP of 1.200 or lower, including Sale at 0.842, Jason Hammel at 1.056 (1.021 with the Cubs), Samardzija at 1.138 (1.204 with the Cubs) and Jose Quintana at 1.198.
3. Forty-one pitchers had 100 or more strikeouts, including Samardzija with 113 (103 with the Cubs), Hammel with 107 (104 with the Cubs), Quintana with 107 and Sale with 102.
4. Forty-two pitchers allowed 12 or more home runs, including John Danks with 14 and Edwin Jackson with 12.
5. Twenty-nine pitchers had allowed 40 or more walks, including Jackson with 49, Travis Wood with 48 and Danks with 46.
6. Sixteen teams’ pitchers had allowed 55 or more stolen bases, including the Cubs at 74. Sox pitchers allowed only 52 steals.
7. Fifteen teams had earned 25 or more saves. The Sox had 19 and the Cubs 18.
8. Forty-nine relievers had blown three or more saves, including Ronald Belisario with four and Javy Guerra, Matt Lindstrom and Hector Rondon with three each.
9. Fourteen teams’ relievers had allowed 36 or more inherited runners to score, including the Sox with 46. Cubs relievers allowed only 32 inherited runners to score.
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On July 23, 2009, Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game against the Rays in the Sox’ 5-0 victory. Dewayne Wise saved the gem by making a magnificent catch against this batter in the ninth inning.
The Week ahead:
The Cubs start a 10-game homestand with three against the Padres and continue it with three against the Cardinals. The Sox are also in town for three against the Royals before heading to Minneapolis for four against the Twins.