Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Biggio 1, Marlins 0

Craig Biggio didn't get hit by any of the 18 pitches thrown to him in last night's game, but he did double for the 605th time in his career, and scored the only Astros run. If the Astros are planning on having Biggio score all his runs this year, they might be in for a tough season. The Astros scored 693 runs last season, but Biggio himself only averages about 1/7th as many runs per season.
Including yesterdays game, the Marlins nine starters yesterday have played a combined 969 games. Biggio has played 2,564.
The Marlins will send Sergio Mitre to the mound tonight. Mitre has never hit Craig Biggio with a pitch and has only hit 7 batters in his 35 career appearances.

Rich Batchelor plunked Biggio on April 4, 1997.

In other news, Craig Biggio's plunk chase is mentioned prominently in this weeks Newsweek, in which George Will uses his back page editorial to make fun of... Bill James. At least that's what I choose to make of it. The article is also posted on MSNBC.



At 4/04/2006 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willis did open the game last night by throwing behind Biggio. It appeared that he was trying to do his duty, but perhaps he was excited about his first opening day start.

An Astro fan
Center, TX

At 4/04/2006 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous aburioe said...

So Dontrelle was the last pitcher to plunk Biggio. I drove all the way to Houston in hopes that he might repeat, and unfortunately, the very first pitch of the season barely missed.

But my question is: How many times has Biggio faced the pitcher who last plunked Biggio (same game plate appearances excluded, of course)? And of those, how many have ended up in a repeat plunking?

At 4/04/2006 09:08:00 PM, Anonymous pbr's brother said...

yeah... Bill James...that's who he's picking on...

At 4/04/2006 11:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For fans more fond of John Kruk's mind than Isaac Newton's"

These people exist? I'm nol real Newton fan or anything, but come on.

At 4/05/2006 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Laurence said...

I agree that game was all Biggio and Oswalt. The rest of the team didn't show up at all.

At 4/20/2006 01:56:00 PM, Blogger Cory Lieder said...

Congrats on being mentioned in Newsweek! Did George Will interview you or ask permission to plug your name?

At 4/20/2006 05:57:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

yeah, George Will tracked me down and we spoke briefly about the site and Biggio and stuff. So yeah, kind of cool to have Newsweek report that I need to get out more.


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