Friday, May 05, 2006

Carpenter finally loses in Houston

The Cardinals left town last night after another loss (4-3) and another failure to hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. Chris Carpenter got his first career loss at Minute Maid Park, but delivered his only plunk to Willie Taveras. The Astros are traveling to Colorado for a weekend series against the team that has plunked Biggio more times than any other. Tonight's starter for the Rockies will be Byung-Hyun Kim, who threw the historic plunk #268 last June which moved Biggio past Don Baylor on the all time HBP list. Kim his hit 56 batters in his career, but has made only 1 start this season, and has not yet plunked a batter.

Mark Leiter of the Phillies hit Craig Biggio with a pitch on May 5, 1997.


At 5/05/2006 09:00:00 AM, Anonymous DM said...

Colorado is clearly the park in which hitters are most likely to succeed. That's well documented. What is less well known is: which park are hitters most likely to get hit by a pitch?

I'm hoping that it turns out to have been Ebbet's Field.

At 5/05/2006 11:29:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

I don't think I'll be able to get at that one for all time park stats, but I can probably do it at least for the Craig Biggio era - though it may take a while.
For last year, RFK Stadium led the league in plunks with 94, at a rate of one plunk per per 64.4 batters. They were followed in total plunks by Skydome, Yankee Stadium, and a 3 way tie between Coors Field, Great American Ballpark and Kauffman Stadium. Minute Maid Park was 13th in total plunks but 9th in plunks per plate appearance.


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