Baseball by the numbers

Written By BY BILL CHUCK | @billyball Posted: 08/24/2014, 02:36am
Array CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 19: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs watches his two-run home run leave the park, scoring teammate Javier Baez during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on August 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 477588327


1 Jose Abreu leads the majors with a .771 slugging percentage and a 1.271 OPS on full-count pitches.

2Sox pitchers have 510 strikeouts at home, tied with the Padres for 15th in the majors, but only 389 on the road, the fewest in baseball.

3The Orioles and Sox are the only two teams with pitchers who have given up at least 20 home runs. John Danks has allowed 23 and Hector Noesi 20.

4Abreu leads the majors with 17 RBI when there’s a runner only on second. He is hitting .317 with six homers in such situations.

5Sox pitchers have allowed the most walks leading off an inning with 101.

6Red Sox slugger David Ortiz tied Ted Williams’ team record with his eighth career season of 30 or more homers. Frank Thomas holds the Sox’ record with eight such seasons.

7Adam Dunn leads the majors with a .737 slugging percentage on 0-2 pitches. He is 5-for-19 with three homers in those situations.

8Alexei Ramirez loves pitches low and inside. He is hitting .369 this season on such pitches, up from .317 last season and .253 in 2012.

9 Adam Eaton leads the American League with 45 opposite-field hits. If only he could have taught Gordon Beckham, who had only 10 before being traded to the Angels.


1 Edwin Jackson’s batting average against in the first inning is .360. In 26 first innings, he has allowed 26 earned runs for an ERA of 9.00. His stay on the disabled list will do us all good.

2Cubs pitchers have allowed the fewest home runs away from home (42) of any team in the majors.

3Last season, Starlin Castro led the Cubs with 82 daytime hits. He was followed by Anthony Rizzo, who had 75. This season, Castro leads the majors with 64 daytime hits. Rizzo is second with 62.

4It’s amazing how quickly the word spreads around the league: On pitches in the upper half of the zone, Javy Baez is 4-for-29 with one homer and 14 whiffs.

5Rizzo leads the majors with 23 pulled homers.

6Castro leads the Cubs in hitting from the seventh inning on with a .288 average. Rizzo leads with eight homers.

7From the seventh inning on, no team in baseball has whiffed more often than the Cubs (433 times).

8Cubs starters have allowed only 61 homers all season. Only Cardinals starters, who have allowed 59, have permitted fewer.

9Rizzo is hitting .296 with 20 homers on pitches on the outer half of the plate.

The Week ahead

The Cubs start a 13-game stretch against the National League Central with three games in Cincinnati and four in St. Louis. The Sox start a 12-game stretch against the American League Central by hosting the Indians for three and the Tigers for four.

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