NLCS Game 6 Oswalt vs Mulder
The Game 2 rematch goes down tonight, and if the results work out the same, the Astros will be on their way to the World Series.
Of the 9 batters who have been hit by a pitch in game 6 of the NLCS, 4 were hit in the 1st inning. Also, 4 out of 9 batted lead off in the inning in which they were hit (not the same 4).
4 out of the 9 have been on the road team, and 5 out of 9 have scored after reaching base via a plunk.
7 have been at Atlanta, and the team that has gotten hit by at least 1 pitch in game 6 of the NLCS has won 4 out of 6 games.
Every team who has ever been hit 3 times in game 6 of the NLCS has won the series with that game (the '99 Braves), so that may be the magic number for the night.
NLCS game 6 plunks:
Jason Isringhausen hit Morgan Ensberg in 2004;
Al Leiter hit Gerald Williams and Chipper Jones in 1999;
Turk Wendell hit Brian Jordan in 1999;
Tom Glavine hit Charles Johnson in 1997;
Alan Benes hit Jeff Blauser in 1996;
Todd Stottlemyre hit Javy Lopez in 1996;
Tom Glavine hit Jay Bell in 1992;
and Tim Leary hit Lenny Dykstra in 1988
October 18th postseason plunks:
Jon Lieber hit Bill Mueller in game 6 of the 2004 ALCS
Mark Redman hit Jason Giambi in game 2 of the 2003 World Series
Al Leiter hit Gerald Williams and Chipper Jones in game 5 of the 1999 NLCS
Turk Wendell hit Brian Jordan in game 5 of the 1999 NLCS
Chad Ogea hit Gary Sheffield in game 2 of the 1997 World Series
Bobby Thigpen hit Rickey Henderson in game 3 of the 1993 World Series
John Tudor hit Hal McRae in game 1 of the 1985 World Series