Friday, May 12, 2006

Back to Houston to face the Rockies

Craig Biggio got the day off in LA yesterday, but the Astros managed to hang on for a 4-2 win without him. The team returns to Houston tonight for the Colorado Rockies only visit to Minute Maid Park of the season. Jason Jennings will get another chance to throw pitches in Craig Biggio's general direction. Jennings hit Craig Biggio 3 times their two meetings last season, on June 22, 2005 and June 28, 2005.

Chris Hammond plunked Biggio on May 12, 1998 for the Marlins, and Salomon Torres got him on May 12, 2003 for the Pirates. The Astros won both games.

In other news, though I hate this to be the sort of web log that picks on the regular media, Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer has not only gotten Craig Biggio's plunk total wrong, but has also completely missed the point. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, and assume he meant the column to be a big "one of these things is not like the others" sort of thing. At least we know who told him Biggio has been plunked 277 times instead of 276, but it is a mystery why he'd think the HBP record is something you'd put in the same category as Jim Rice's single season GIDP record, or Anthony Young's streak of 27 losing decisions.

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