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By the Numbers: A look at stats and figures during Theo Epstein’s time as Cubs President

3 years agoKyle Millinowisch

The Theo Epstein era officially ends Friday, when he leaves the Cubs for the last time. 

After nine years and a World Series Title, Epstein will walk away in high regard among Cubs’ fans. What else did the Cubs accomplish under Epstein? Take a look at some of the numbers and stats below: 

  • All-Star appearances: 22
  • Number of different All-Stars: 14
  • Regular season wins: 705
  • Playoff Appearances: 5
  • Playoff wins: 19
  • Division titles: 3 (2016, 2017 and 2020)

Offensive stats

    • Home runs: 1,556
    • 83 different players homered
    • Anthony Rizzo had the most home runs (228), RBI (744), hits (1,231), walks (588), total bases (2,209) and hit by pitches (151)
    • Javy Báez, Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro all tied for first in triples from 2012 to 2020 (17)
    • Báez most stolen bases (63)

Pitching stats

    • Jon Lester had the most wins at 77
    • Lester had the most strikeouts with 940
    • 11,234 Total strikeouts
    • Kyle Hendricks led in games started with 174
    • Hendricks led in innings with 1,047.1 
    • Pedro Strop appeared in the most games (411)
    • Hector Rondón had the most saves (77)
    • Cubs pitchers threw 22 complete games
    • Cubs pitchers threw 12 shutouts
    • Cubs pitchers threw 3 No-hitters 
    • Cubs pitchers had 666 quality starts
  • Pitchers Hitting
    • 22 total home runs 
    • 10 different pitchers homered
    • Travis Wood had the most home runs by a pitcher with 7
    • David Ross had 1 home run as a pitcher. On July 26, 2015, Ross pitched a scoreless top of the 9th and homered in the bottom of the 9th. 

Playoffs

  • Hitting
    • 39 Games (Bryant & Rizzo are only players to play in all of them)
    • Home runs hit: 46
    • Bryant, Kyle Schwarber & Rizzo tied for lead with 6
    • Kris Bryant most hits (35), doubles (8), tied 1st in triples (1) & runs (17 – Dexter Fowler)
    • Báez most RBI: 7
  • Pitching
    • Jake Arrieta most wins: 5
    • Pedro Strop most games: 20
    • Hendricks most games started: 11
    • Wade Davis & Aroldis Chapman tied for most saves: 4
    • Lester most innings pitched: 70.0
    • Arrieta most strikeouts: 66
    • Lester most quality starts (7)
    • Arrieta has only complete game & shutout (First playoff game, NL Wild Card in 2015)
    • Arrieta & Travis Wood only pitchers to hit home runs

Miscellaneous

    • Largest comeback – 8 runs 
    • 10 comebacks of 5+ runs
    • 60 walk-off wins
      • 19 walk-off home runs
      • 27 walk-off singles
      • Walked-off against the Reds 9 times
      • 2 walk-off Grand Slams
    • Starting Pitcher in first game: Ryan Dempster
    • Starting Pitcher in last regular season game: Adbert Alzolay
    • Starting Pitcher last ever game: Yu Darvish
    • 5,988 Runs Scored — 5,616 Runs Allowed
    • 8 Gold Glove Awards
      • Rizzo 4, Heyward 2, Báez 1, Barney 1
    • 1 MVP – Bryant in 2016
    • 1 Rookie of the Year – Bryant in 2015
    • 1 Cy Young – Jake Arrieta in 2015
    • 3 Silver Slugger Awards (Rizzo/Arrieta 2016, Báez 2018)
    • 1 Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon in 2015
    • 3x NL Wins Leader (Arrieta ’15, Lester ’18, Darvish ’20)
    • Epstein was the Sporting News Executive of the Year in 2016

Players

  • 176 players (both pitchers & hitters) had at least 1 at-bat
  • 71 pitchers (0 AB’s) appeared in a game
  • Oldest player to play for Theo was Joe Nathan (born: Nov 22, 1974)
  • Youngest player to play for Theo was Brailyn Marquez (born: Jan 30, 1999)

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