One more day of idleness before the season resumes tomorrow night in Kansas City, so given the fact that some of these points might no longer be valid when play resumes, why not roll out a list of 10 things about the first half you may not know? Enjoy.
1. Alejandro De Aza: Doubles...but not doubled up
Our leadoff man has had a solid season. He has 16 doubles at the break; excellent when considering that Juan Pierre's totals in 2010 and 2011 were 18 and 17, respectively. Furthermore, De Aza has had the most plate appearances in the American League without hitting into a double play.
De Aza 367
Johnny Damon 179
Jonny Gomes 176
Quintin Berry 168
Alex Liddi 114
Aaron Cunningham 100
If the season were to end now, he'd have the second most PA in a season without a GIDP by a White Sox player (GIDP data available 1939-current).
Kenny Lofton 406 2002
De Aza 367 2012
Thurman Tucker 293 1947
Dan Pasqua 277 1989
Ron Karkovice 248 1994
Karkovice again 203 1989
2.) Gavin Floyd: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Floyd leads the White Sox in starts with 5 runs allowed (seven).
However...Floyd also leads the White Sox in starts with 6 IP and 0 runs (five). In fact, Floyd has as many 6 inning scoreless starts as Sale (3) and Peavy (2) COMBINED.
3.) Sweet Seventeen
Kevin Youkilis (55 PA) and Orlando Hudson (109 PA) both have exactly 17 hits.
In White Sox franchise history, Youkilis (and Hudson) has (have) already surpassed the likes of George Foster (11) and Ruben Sierra (16) on the White Sox career hit list. Hit No. 18 will tie them with Manny Ramirez and Chris Sabo. I love making lists of memorable names who played briefly for teams, thinking that somehow they all once represented the same franchise.
4.) Tripling your pleasure
The White Sox have 18 triples at the break. They had 16 all last season. And that 16 was really odd, given that they had both a 48-game triple-less streak AND a 5-triple game last season.
Also, there are four Sox players with 3 triples. They haven't had four players with 3 triples in an entire season since 2002 (Kenny Lofton 6, Jose Valentin 4, Tony Graffanino 4, D'Angelo Jimenez 3). One of the four Sox players with 3 triples is A.J. Pierzynski, the first White Sox catcher to reach this mark since Pudge Fisk had 4 in 1983.
5.) Ranting Robin
The difference in demeanor between Ozzie Guillen and Robin Ventura has been highlighted constantly. But know this: Robin has been getting ejected at a faster pace than Ozzie.
1st Career Ejection 2nd Career Ejection
Date Game No. Date Game No.
Ozzie Guillen 61204 58th 8904 109th
Robin Ventura 53012 51st 7812 85th
And Guillen was only ejected twice in his first season as manager in 2004, so the next time Robin gets tossed, he will have surpassed Guillen in rookie ejections.
6.) First impressions
Both Nate Jones (Josh Hamilton - April 8 in Texas) and Leyson Septimo (Alex Rodriguez - June 29 in New York) recorded their first ML strikeouts against former MVPs. Septimo struck out Robinson Cano with his second career whiff (future MVP?)
7.) Lefty Numerology
The White Sox have had 33 starts by lefties in the first half of 2012. The 2005 White Sox had 33 starts by lefties all season, all by Mark Buehrle.
None of the 2012 lefty starts were by Mark Buehrle, who wore 56.
They came from:
49 Chris Sale (15)
50 John Danks (9)
52 Eric Stults (1)
62 Jose Quintana (8)
Chris Sale is the only White Sox lefty starting pitcher to wear a jersey number under 50 (excluding Jackie Robinson 42 days) since 48 Josh Stewart toed the rubber August 26, 2004. In between that start and Chris Sale's first start 492012, the Sox had 406 straight starts by lefties who wore jersey number 50 or higher (again excluding Jackie Robinson 42 days; in any event, I believe Sale is the only Sox lefty starter to wear 42 on Jackie Robinson Day).
Also, Jose Quintana is the Sox pitcher with the highest jersey number to start a game since Dan Wright, also 62, started 12 games in 2001.
8.) Pinch running out of town
With the arrival of Kevin Youkilis came the departure of Brent Lillibridge, who had a memorable 2011 and had made several highlight reel catches in the field while with the Sox. He also pinch-ran 66 times in his White Sox career.
That's sixth all-time in White Sox history during the "Baseball-Reference Play Index Era"
Pinch Running appearances by White Sox players (1918-current)
Al Weis 123
Sammy Esposito 107
Jim Rivera 82
Tommy McCraw 72
Mike Squires 69
Brent Lillibridge 66
Here's the breakdown of who Lillibridge ran for (including 6 players with 300 HR):
Paul Konerko - 18 Alejandro De Aza - 1
Carlos Quentin - 17 Ramon Castro - 1
Adam Dunn - 8 Gordon Beckham - 1
Mark Kotsay - 5 Omar Vizquel - 1
Dayan Viciedo - 3 Chris Getz - 1
Manny Ramirez - 3 Wilson Betemit - 1
A.J. Pierzynski - 2 Jermaine Dye - 1
Andruw Jones - 2 Jim Thome - 1
9.) Zach Attack(ed)
The Cubs hit 72 first half home runs. Six of them (or 8.33 percent) have come off Zach Stewart. No other pitcher has allowed more than four (Johan Santana is only other with four) to the Northsiders this season.
10.) Big-time power
Adam Dunn had a pair of notable home runs off A.L. West starters this season: Bartolo Colon Apr. 23rd and Felix Hernandez June 1st.
Dunn has now homered off no fewer than 16 former Cy Young Award winners:
Chris Carpenter, Colon, Eric Gagne, Tom Glavine, Roy Halladay, Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Jake Peavy, Johan Santana, John Smoltz, Justin Verlander, Brandon Webb and Barry Zito
By comparison, Paul Konerko has homered off twelve.
Roger Clemens, Colon, David Cone, Zack Greinke, Hernandez, Randy Johnson, Lee, CC Sabathia, Bret Saberhagen, Santana, Verlander, and Zito.
Can't beat baseball trivia. Enjoy the second half.