Sox by the numbers

By Matt Baron
Special to the Daily Herald
Updated 10/2/2008 9:53 AM


Number of starts, out of 33 this season, in which White Sox pitcher John Danks threw at least 7 innings, including the one-game playoff Tuesday night against Minnesota. In his 2007 rookie season, Danks lasted at least 7 innings only once in 26 starts.



Innings pitched by John Danks for every home run surrendered in 2008 (15 in 195 innings). Last year, he allowed 28 homers in 139 innings, or a four-bagger every 4.96 innings.


Paul Konerko's home run total in September, during a 16-game stretch of games in which he appeared. The total matched his prior September high (2004). Between 1999 and 2007, he smacked 43 September home runs, for a 4.7 average.


Percentage of times that White Sox closer Bobby Jenks pitched at least 1 inning in 2008 without recording a strikeout (26 out of 55 times). The figure has risen every year since 2005 when he failed to whiff batters in 1-plus inning outings only 8 percent of the time (2-of-24), He recorded a 21-percent rate in 2006 (12-of-57) and a 39-percent clip in 2007 (22-of-57).


White Sox pitcher Javier Vazquez's September ERA through his first 10 seasons (not including this year). It's the only month over his career in which he has posted a sub-4.00 ERA. His ERA this September: 6.25.

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Through August, the average monthly home run output for the White Sox top three sluggers: Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome. Before Thome's game-deciding home run on Tuesday night against Minnesota, the cumulative September total for the three was six (four for Thome, two for Dye and none for the injured Quentin.



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