Thursday, April 20, 2006

Brewers unswept, Biggio unplunked

Chris Capuano was able to put the clamps on the Astros offense last night and the Brewers avoided a sweep with a 7-2 win. Craig Biggio hit a sacrifice fly driving in 1 of the Astros 2 runs, but he did not get hit by any of the 13 pitches thrown his way.

The Astros are off today so Craig Biggio will not be able to add to the 2 HBPs he's received on April 20th. Both Rick Ankiel and Andy Benes plunked Biggio on April 20th, 2001.


At 4/20/2006 11:58:00 AM, Anonymous DM said...

Here's a good plunking question: do we have any data on the the relative likelihood of being plunked by a left-handed pitcher vs. a righty? I guess I'd imagine that a right-handed pitcher might be a bit more likely to hit a right-handed batter than would a left-handed thrower, but I wonder if the stats bear that out. And how about for Our Man Biggio specifically?

At 4/20/2006 07:08:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

I touched on this briefly last year - Biggio's current count is 220 plunks from right handers and 55 from lefties. What I don't have complete data on is how many plate appearances he has against each, so it's hard to pinpoint how much of that is facing more right handers and how much is right handers hitting him at a greater rate. If you look at the partial career splits on retrosheet, the sample they have of 121 plunks shows that he's been hit 0.023 times per plate appearance against right handers and 0.015 times per plate appearance against lefties. Looking at Fernando Vina, the most plunked left handed batter in recent history, his splits show 0.054 plunks per plate appearance against lefties and 0.030 against right handers. These splits are partial, but they're probably a big enough sample to be representative, even if Vina had a whole lot more plate appearance against right handers.
Also, take a look at Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson. Clemens hit 1 per 125 right handers he faced but only 1 of every 170 left handers. Johnson hit 1 in 33 lefties in the sample, and only 1 in 111 righties.


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