Saturday, October 2, 2010
Final Saturday of the Regular Season
WHITE SOX SINCE JUNE 9
Even with the streaky summer, the White Sox are an American-League best 62-41 since 6/9, hitting .281 (995-3,541) with a 3.69 ERA (379 ER/924.1 IP) and a 503-411 edge in runs scored. During that span, the Sox are hitting a major-league best .301 (268-890) with RISP to raise their average to .277, third best in the American League behind Minnesota (.285) and Texas (.277).
Chicago is 2-11 in its last 13 games vs. American League Central opponents and 8-17 in its last 25 … the Sox, who are 30-40 against the AL Central this season, have gone 7-9 vs. Cleveland, 8-10 vs. Detroit, 10-8 vs. Kansas City and 5-13 vs. Minnesota.
CHICAGO’S MAN OF STEAL
Juan Pierre is attempting to become the second player in major-league history to lead both the American and National Leagues in stolen bases, joining Ron LeFlore (1978 with Detroit and 1980 with Montreal) … Pierre led the NL with 65 stolen bases in 2003 (Florida) and tied for the lead with Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins with 46 in 2001 (Colorado). Pierre is also looking to be the first White Sox player since Luis Aparicio (1961) to lead the majors in stolen bases.
Pierre, who ranks 30th all-time with 525 stolen bases, leads all of baseball with a career-high 66 steals in 2010, 14 more than Houston’s Michael Bourn (52).
WHAT A STEAL!
The White Sox rank second in the American League with 156 stolen bases, the most by the club since 1992 (160). Chicago stole 113 bases in 2009 and 67 in 2008.
SOX PEN SET CLUB STRIKEOUT MARK
Chicago relievers established a single-season club record last night vs. Cleveland with 439 strikeouts, breaking a tie with the 2009 bullpen (435). The Sox pen leads the American League this season in strikeouts and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.01).
Paul Konerko needs just one home run to record his third season with 40 home runs and 100 RBI … Konerko, who accomplished the feat in 2004-05, trails only Frank Thomas (5; 1993, ’95-96, 2000 and ’03) for the most 40/100 campaigns in club history.
KONERKO IN THE TRIPLE CROWN RACE
Paul Konerko ranks among the American League leaders in home runs (2nd, 39), RBI (T5th, 111) and average (8th, .312). The last White Sox player to rank in the Top 5 in the AL in
home runs, RBI and average in a single season was Albert Belle in 1998 … Belle finished second in both homers (49) and RBI (152) and was third in average (.328).
Chicago’s last player to finish among the fi ve best in each of the AL’s Triple Crown categories: home runs (2nd, 36 by Carlos Quentin in 2008), RBI (5th, 120 by Jermaine Dye in 2005) and average (5th, .317 by Magglio Ordonez in 2003).
DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
The White Sox have come from behind in each of their last 11 victories and rank second in the American League with 44 comeback wins … only New York (47) has recorded more comefrom-behind victories in the AL this season.
SOX SS MAKES CASE FOR THE SILVER
Alexei Ramirez ranks among American League shortstops in average (1st, .281), home runs (T1st, 17) and RBI (2nd, 66) … he is tied with former Toronto shortstop Alex Gonzalez (now with Atlanta) for the AL lead in home runs as a shortstop. Ramirez also leads all AL shortstops with 763 total chances. No Sox shortstop has ever won a Silver Slugger Award.
LOOK AT ME, I CAN BE CENTER FIELD
Alex Rios ranks second in club history with 21 home runs asa center fielder, tied for second with 86 RBI and fourth with 89 runs scored … he needs two home runs to tie Aaron Rowand (23 in 2004) for the franchise record for center fielders.