Sunday, March 19, 2006

2006 Preview: San Diego Padres

The Padres hopes of hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch this season were greatly reduced earlier this month when Pedro Astacio turned down San Diego to pitch for the Washington Nationals. On the other hand, the Padres hopes of having a quality pitching staff were greatly enhanced when Pedro Astacio turned down San Diego to pitch for the Washington Nationals. But, the Padres will have a three time plunker of Craig Biggio in Chan Ho Park on the team, as well as 2 time plunker Shawn Estes and Seth Etherton and Jake Peavy who have each hit Biggio once. Even Andy Ashby might still make the team to add veteran experience, as well as another guy who's hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, to the Padres bullpen.
Among those who haven't hit Biggio before, Chris Young might be the most likely candidate this year. He hit 7 batters in 31 starts in 2005.

The Padres have about a 42.7% chance of hitting Craig Biggio with a pitch, if career stats vs the Padres are any indication and he gets around 30 plate appearances this year. They're only about 10.5% likely to throw a multiplunk year, and only about 0.0001% likely to hit him 7 times and break the Cardinals record for hitting Craig Biggio in a single season.

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