Monday, March 20, 2006

2006 Preview: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have hit Craig Biggio as many or more times then any other team in the league in each of the last 3 seasons. They have hit Biggio more times in his career than any other team, and will likely hit him a number of times again this year. Last year they plunked Biggio 5 times and led the National League with 84 hit batsmen.
While their team leader in plunks, Jamey Wright (15), moved to San Fransisco in the offseason, they still have two more pitchers who registered in double figures last year. Byun-Hyung Kim hit 14 batters, including Craig Biggio, but Brian Fuentes hit 10 without Biggio among them.
Jason Jennings is listed as anchoring the Rockies rotation in 2006, having come off a 2005 season in which he hit Craig Biggio 3 times in 2 games. Aaron Cook and Byung-Hyun Kim are also expected to start, and each have hit Biggio once. Jeff Francis and Miguel Ascencio are expected to round out the rotation. Both are young, and have yet to experience hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch.
In the bullpen, the Rockies look like they'll have a trio of one-time offenders on the guys who have hit Biggio with a pitch list - Josh Fogg, Sunny Kim, and Chin-Hui Tsao.

The Rockies probability of hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch this year, based on his career plunks per plate appearance vs Colorado, is 83.8%. There probability of equalling or exceeding last years 5 plunks is 2.9%, and they are 0.15% to hit him 7 or more times.

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