Thursday, April 27, 2006

getting hit leadoff

Craig Biggio holds the National League record with 46 leadoff home runs, but a reader asked last week how many times Biggio has led off a game by being plunked? While I can't prove it is any kind of record, Craig Biggio has led off 39 games with a plunk. The Astros are 27-12 when Biggio gets a 1st inning leadoff plunk, but only 25-21 when he hits a leadoff homer. Obviously this shows that being hit by a pitch is much better for the team than hitting a home run. Right? Biggio has scored a run after 18 of his leadoff plunks, and the Astros are 15-3 in those games.

Biggio has been hit 48 times as the first batter in innings other than the first. The Astros are 51-33 in games when he gets hit as the first batter of at least one inning, and 2-1 when he leads off 2 innings by getting hit.

Total plunks as the first batter of each inning, and the Astros record in those games:
InningLeadoff HBPsWinsLosses
1392712
2110
3752
4853
5761
6413
7743
8835
9615
Grand Total87
53
34


Biggio has scored a run 51.7% of the times he's reached base via the HBP as the first batter of an inning. The Astros are 34-9 when he has done this at least once in a game and 2-0 when he's done it twice

Total runs scored following plunks as the first batter of each inning, and the Astros record in those games:
InningRuns from Leadoff HBPsWinsLosses
118153
2000
35
4
1
45
4
1
55
5
0
610
1
75
4
1
84
3
1
92
11
Grand Total45
36
9

5 Comments:

At 4/27/2006 02:13:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

I continue to be in awe of your statistical prestidigitations.

Is there any correlation between Biggio getting hit by a pitch and the weather?

(oooooh, that's a mean one...)

 
At 4/27/2006 06:52:00 PM, Blogger Tom said...

wow. that is a mean one. good quesiton, man!

 
At 4/27/2006 09:08:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

yeah, someone asked for weather related plunkings last season too, but retrosheet's box scores don't list game time temp. So, the best I could do with that would be the 5 years espn.com has listed as far as I know.

Or I could try to go looking for national weather service data for the locations of each HBP.

But I don't think I'll be doing that any time soon.

 
At 4/27/2006 09:41:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

ok, never mind the weather. how 'bout the day of the week?

 
At 4/28/2006 06:26:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Check here and here for day of the week data, but I suppose tomorrow would be a good time for an update.

 

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