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:
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:
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