interleague weekend preview
(First off, thanks to the guys at Sports Radio 610 in Houston for having me on the drive time show yesterday, and huge thanks to The Man Himself for the mention in an article on mlbplayers.com.)
Craig Biggio sits one plunk short of Don Baylor's modern record as the Astros begin a 3 game weekend series against the Rangers tonight. The Rangers lead American league teams in hitting Biggio with pitches, with a total of 4, but they haven't hit him since June 22, 2003.
Friday, June 24:
The series opens with right-hander Ricardo Rodriguez on the mound for the Rangers. Biggio is 1-3 with no HBPs off Rodriguez, and Rodriguez has hit 12 batters with the 2603 pitches he's thrown in 29 career games. Craig Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on June 24th, but the baseballs tend not to know these things when they fly out of the pitcher's hands.
Saturday, June 25:
Saturday's scheduled starter for the opposition is Chris Young. Young has hit only 4 batters in his 21 career starts, and he has never plunked Biggio. But, being a second year pitcher, he is in the year of his career when pitchers have hit Biggio the most.
Biggio has been hit once on June 25. Miguel Batista hit him in 2001.
Sunday, June 26:
The series wraps up Sunday with 3 time Biggio plunker Chan Ho Park, but Park hasn't plunked Biggio September 12, 1997 when he did it twice. Park has a career total of 110 plunks in 1529 innings.
Biggio was last plunked on June 26th 9 years ago by Tim Worrell in 1996. He was also hit the year before, on June 26th 1995 by Mark Petkovsek. Sunday will also be the 17th anniversary of Biggio's first game in the majors.