Thursday, June 23, 2005


Yesterday, reader dm asked who the most unlikely Biggio plunker was as measured by HBP per batter faced. Lance Davis pitched 20 games for the Reds in 2001 and hit just 1 of the 461 batters he faced. That one batter, of course, was Craig Biggio. Among pitchers with slightly longer careers than 20 games, Bob Ojeda leads this category. He hit 24 of the 7977 batters he faced, but Kirk Rueter has managed to hit Biggio twice even though he's only hit 25 total batters of the 8077 he's faced to date. Two other pitchers have hit Biggio twice with under 25 hit batters in total, Mark Clark and Brian Anderson.
For another perspective on who is the most unlikely pitcher who has hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, take a look back at Mike Carminati's post here. In the table where he lists the pitchers with the fewest HBPs compared with expectations, Kirk Rueter is the only one in the list who has plunked Biggio.

Most unlikely Biggio plunkers by plunks per batter faced:

NamePlunks per Batter FacedBatters FacedTotal plunksTotal Biggio Plunks
Lance Davis0.0021746111
Bob Ojeda0.003017977241
Kirk Rueter0.00318077252
Yorkis Perez0.00322124441
Barry Jones0.00324185061
John Smoltz0.0034711521401
Brian Anderson0.003526532232
Jose Rijo0.003567867281
Calvin Schiraldi0.00374240991
Mike LaCoss0.003877496291
Scott Bankhead0.003933814151
Tom Browning0.003978066321
John Franco0.004155300221
Mark Clark0.004475367242


At 6/23/2005 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Laurence said...

It will take a micracle for John Franco to ever plunk Biggio again...

But then, based on his ERA, it's not impossible.

At 6/23/2005 03:29:00 PM, Anonymous dm said...

The miracle is that Franco has faced 5300 batters in his career, even though he spent a lot of that time as a closer! At one inning per appearance, that's a helluva lot of, I wonder, did he ever plunk Don Baylor?

At 6/23/2005 04:07:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

ah, that one I can answer easily because I posted the list of everyone who has hit both Biggio and Baylor at the end of last month.


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