NL Central: Statistician

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the NL Central.

A most-intriguing statistical breakdown of the NL 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 N.L. Central division.

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Chicago Cubs

.350: Jeff Baker’s average against left-handed pitching in 2010.

.106: Baker’s average against right-handed pitching in 2010.

3–12: Cubs’ record at Wrigley Field in August.

138: Strikeouts by closer Carlos Marmol in 77.2 innings in 2010, the most in the majors by a reliever.

52: Walks by Marmol in 2010, also the most in the majors by a reliever.

0: Days the Cubs were over .500 last year — the first time that has
happened since 2002.

.889: Winning percentage of an 8–1 road trip to Milwaukee, St. Louis and Florida from Sept. 10-19. It was the Cubs’ best road trip of nine or more games in team history.

28: Scoreless innings for the Cubs relievers to close the season.

Cincinnati Reds

0: Times Joey Votto hit an infield popup last year in a career-high 547 at-bats.

10: Pinch-hit homers the Reds hit last season, tying them with Atlanta for most in the majors.

11: National League statistical categories in which Votto finished in the top three.

18: Straight games the Reds homered in last year (May 11-29).

19: Times the NL Central Division lead changed between Cincinnati and St. Louis from May 10-Aug. 18.

23.5: Average age of four pitchers — Aroldis Chapman (23), Homer Bailey (24), Travis Wood (24) and Mike Leake (23) — who will be vying for two spots in the starting rotation this spring.

32: Saves Francisco Cordero needs to pass Jose Mesa and become the all-time saves leader among the 268 Dominican-born major league pitchers.

Houston Astros

.308: Batting average by Chris Johnson, who led all big league rookies (minimum 300 at-bats).

2.80: Astros ERA at home after June 22, which led the NL.

9: Combined home runs the Astros got out of their shortstops and second basemen last year.

11: Rookies used by the Astros during the 2010 season.

25: Homers hit by Hunter Pence for three consecutive seasons.

32: Consecutive games in which Brett Myers pitched at least six innings to start his Astros career.

52: Stolen bases last season by Michael Bourn, who became the first player in franchise history to lead the league in steals in back-to-back years.

154: Stolen bases since 2008 by Bourn, who leads the majors during that span.

59: Wins by the Astros after June 1, the second-most in NL Central.

Milwaukee Brewers

.336: Batting average Ryan Braun compiled in road games, third-best in the NL.

3: Brewer pitchers who started on Opening Day last year (Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum).

5: Consecutive seasons the Brewers have produced at least three All-Stars.

8: Franchise-record home losing streak set by Brewers last April and May.

24: Saves by John Axford, most ever by a Brewer rookie.

29: Homers allowed by Randy Wolf last season, third-worst in the NL.

104: Franchise-record RBIs for a Brewer third baseman produced by Casey McGehee in 2010.

114: MLB-leading number of walks collected by Prince Fielder in 2010.

327: Consecutive games played in by Fielder, a franchise record snapped
in September.

754: Franchise-record plate appearances notched by Rickie Weeks in 2010.

Pittsburgh Pirates

105: Number of games the Pirates lost last season, the third-most in the franchise’s 129-year history.

17: Consecutive road games the Pirates lost last season from May 26 to June 27, their longest skid away from home since dropping 19 straight in 1985.

17–64: The Pirates’ road record last season, matching the all-time worst in a 162-game season, a mark of futility set by the 1962 Mets.

.335: Outfielder Matt Diaz’s career batting average against left-handed pitchers in 797 plate appearances.

100: Strikeouts right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan had in 69.2 innings out of the bullpen last season.

12: Percentage of base stealers thrown out by catcher Ryan Doumit last season — he nabbed just 11-of-90.

St. Louis Cardinals

126: Wins Tony La Russa needs to surpass John McGraw’s 2,763 and move into second place behind Connie Mack, becoming the winningest manager in history who didn’t have an ownership stake in a team.

147: Lineups used by La Russa in 2010, leading the league for the third time in four seasons.

2.68: Adam Wainwright’s ERA in 102 starts since mid-July 2007, the lowest of any starter in the major leagues, besting Cy Young Award winners Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez and Tim Lincecum.

.242: Combined batting average from Cardinals third basemen and shortstops, the second-lowest average from any left side of the infield in the NL. Only Arizona’s was lower.

.718: Chris Carpenter’s winning percentage in 160 starts with the Cardinals, the highest of any regular Cardinals’ starting pitcher since 1900.

.389: Slugging percentage by Cardinals third basemen since 2007, the last season Scott Rolen (.510 slugging as a Cardinal) started there.

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