AL East: Statistician

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A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL East.

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the AL East.

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. East division.

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Baltimore Orioles

2–16: Orioles’ record after 18 games, their worst start since 0–21 in 1988.

34: Number of wins from Aug. 1 to the end of the season, the most
since 35 in 1996.

32–73: Orioles’ record under managers Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel.

34–23: Orioles’ record after naming Buck Showalter manager on Aug. 2.

36: Number of quality starts from the rotation in the last 57 games of the season.

.217: Team average with runners in scoring position through Aug. 2.

.300: Team average with runners in scoring position after Aug. 2, best in the American League.

58: Number of times the Orioles scored one run or fewer while their starter was in the game.

13: Extra-inning victories by Baltimore, most in the majors.

12: Outfield assists for Adam Jones, the most by a center fielder in baseball.

Boston Red Sox

.228: Batting average of starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia over the past two seasons.

.964: Kevin Youkilis’s OPS over the last three seasons, trailing only Albert Pujols and Manny Ramirez in the majors.

8: Jonathan Papelbon’s league-worst blown saves total, which led the Sox to try to sign Mariano Rivera over the winter.

13: Wins knuckleballer Tim Wakefield needs to tie Roger Clemens and Cy Young atop the team’s list at 192.

130: Combined steals for Jacoby Ellsbury (70) and Carl Crawford (60) in 2009, the last time both played a full season.

314: Baserunners allowed by righthander John Lackey in 2010, worst in the majors and the highest total of his career.

24: Millions of dollars the team will pay All-Stars Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz this year.

New York Yankees

115: Homers by the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, compared to 86 on the road.

434: Walks by Nick Swisher since 2006, second to David Ortiz in the AL.

0: Pitchers in Yankee history, before A.J. Burnett, with 15 losses and an ERA above 5.00.

81: Consecutive games without an error in 2010 by Robinson Cano, a record for a Yankees’ second baseman.

4.61: Average pitches per plate appearance by Brett Gardner, most in MLB.

14: Homers by Curtis Granderson after Aug. 13, most by a Yankee.

74: Hits Derek Jeter needs to reach 3,000.

60: Innings by Mariano Rivera, career low for a full season without a DL appearance.

1,026: Strikeouts by CC Sabathia over the last five years, the most in MLB.

21: Career grand slams by Alex Rodriguez, two shy of tying Lou Gehrig’s record.

Tampa Bay Rays

132: Lineups used by Joe Maddon, including the playoffs, last year.

3: Consecutive seasons Tampa Bay has used the most pinch-hitters in baseball.

13: Batters faced by David Price with the bases loaded in 2010, the most of any major league pitcher who did not allow a hitter to reach in that situation.

27: Percent of 2010 home attendance gleaned from games against the Yankees and Red Sox.

1,292: Strikeouts by Rays batters a year ago, the most ever by a playoff team.

39%: Career save percentage of healthy pitchers on the roster entering spring training.

70.3: Percent of games won (45–19) by the Rays when playing in front of home crowds of at least 30,000 since 2008.

25.2: Percent of home games that drew crowds of at least 30,000 in that period.

63: The jersey number of 80-year-old senior advisor Don Zimmer, which rises by one per season, indicative of his years spent in baseball.

Toronto Blue Jays

46: Gap in homers between the Jays (257) and the next closest team (Red Sox, 211), the biggest gap between the top two teams in HRs since ’68.

107: More home runs the Jays hit than their pitchers allowed, the best differential in MLB since the fabled 1927 Yankees.

0: Crowds of over 40,000 at Rogers Centre after Opening Day.

6.72: Brandon Morrow’s ERA on the road, nearly four runs higher than it was at home.

.227: Vernon Wells’ average on the road, nearly 100 points lower than it was at home.

.161: Combined average of left-handed hitters against relievers David Purcey and Jesse Carlson.

11–2: Brett Cecil’s record against the AL East, with a 3.47 ERA.

42: Appearances Jason Frasor needs to pass Duane Ward as Blue Jays’ career leader in games pitched.

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