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A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL Central.

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL Central.

Every year, Athlon Sports gives baseball fans some intriguing numbers to keep an eye on for all 30 major league clubs. Today, we look at the A.L. Central division.

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Chicago White Sox

768: Total chances by Alexei Ramirez, which led the AL. It was the most by a White Sox shortstop since Ozzie Guillen had 806 in 1989.

444: Strikeouts by White Sox relievers in 2010, tops in the AL and a franchise record.

173: Career saves by departed closer Bobby Jenks, who is 28 behind Bobby Thigpen’s team record.
44: Comeback wins by the Sox in 2010, second best in the AL.

41: Combined times Juan Pierre (21) and Carlos Quentin (20) were hit by a pitch. The duo ranked 1-2 in the AL in that department.

15: Home runs by Paul Konerko in the seventh inning or later. He hit 14 home runs that either tied the game or gave the White Sox a lead.

12.3: Strikeouts per nine innings by rookie lefty Chris Sale, who went 4-for-4 in save situations.

0: Career days on the disabled list by A.J. Pierzynski, who is 25th all-time with 11,088.1 innings caught.

Cleveland Indians

.412: The major league-leading average compiled by Mike Aviles while leading off an inning.

6: The number of times in the last seven years that the Royals lost at least 93 games. (They were 75–87 in 2008).

12: Victories by Bruce Chen, which marked the most by a Royals left-handed pitcher since 1988, when Charlie Leibrandt won 13 and Floyd Bannister won 12.

78: RBIs by the departed Yuniesky Betancourt, which ranks second in club history for a shortstop. Jay Bell had 91 in 1997.

36: The club-record number of consecutive successful saves by closer Joakim Soria. The previous record was 24 by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.

92.4: Save percentage compiled by Soria since he became the Royals’ full-time closer on July 31, 2007. Only Mariano Rivera of the Yankees has a higher percentage (92.9) in that span.

96: The club-record for doubles over a two-year span set by Billy Butler over the last two seasons. Hal McRae had 93 in 1977-78.

Detroit Tigers

1.042: Miguel Cabrera’s OPS in 2010; in Tigers history, only Norm Cash, Hank Greenberg, Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann have posted higher figures.

.624: Aggregate OPS for Tigers catchers in 2010, ranking 27th in the majors.

1,229: Runners left on base for the Tigers in 2010, tops in the American League.
1: Career starts, in 158 career appearances, for lefty Phil Coke, whom the Tigers are planning to move into their starting rotation this season.

86: Percentage of Joaquin Benoit’s outings last season for Tampa Bay that resulted in a “clean” performance — no runs allowed and no inherited runners scoring. It was the highest such mark in the majors among relievers.

2.46: ERA for righthander Max Scherzer over his final 23 starts of 2010.

66: Wins for Justin Verlander over the past four seasons, third in the majors behind only CC Sabathia (76) and Roy Halladay (74).

95.4: Average MPH of Verlander’s fastball in 2010, according to Fangraphs.com.

Kansas City Royals

.412: The major league-leading average compiled by Mike Aviles while leading off an inning.
6 The number of times in the last seven years that the Royals lost at least 93 games. (They were 75–87 in 2008).

12: Victories by Bruce Chen, which marked the most by a Royals left-handed pitcher since 1988, when Charlie Leibrandt won 13 and Floyd Bannister won 12.

78: RBIs by the departed Yuniesky Betancourt, which ranks second in club history for a shortstop. Jay Bell had 91 in 1997.

36: The club-record number of consecutive successful saves by closer Joakim Soria. The previous record was 24 by Jeff Montgomery in 1993.

92.4: Save percentage compiled by Soria since he became the Royals’ full-time closer on July 31, 2007. Only Mariano Rivera of the Yankees has a higher percentage (92.9) in that span.

96: The club-record for doubles over a two-year span set by Billy Butler over the last two seasons. Hal McRae had 93 in 1977-78.

Minnesota Twins

.550: Manager Ron Gardenhire’s career regular-season winning percentage.

.222: Gardenhire’s career postseason winning percentage (6–21).

.285: Team batting average with runners in scoring position, an MLB best.

78: Consecutive regular-season sellouts at Target Field.

2.37: Team walks per nine innings, leading the majors for fourth time in six years.

43: Doubles last year for Joe Mauer, who had 30 during his MVP season of 2009.

3.49: Bullpen’s ERA last year, ranking eighth in the majors.

6: Pitchers who notched 10-plus victories in 2010.

18-57: Twins record against the Yankees, including the postseason, under Gardenhire.

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