Saturday, May 06, 2006

More rocky relief pitching

The Astros struck out 12 times without getting hit by a pitch, and walked in the winning run last night. Not a great start for a road series, but there are still two games to play in Colorado. Jason Jennings will be the Rockies starter today. He has plunked Biggio 3 times in their last two meetings, delivering plunks 265, 266, and 267 last June. Tomorrow's starter will be Aaron Cook. He hit Biggio with a pitch on April 2, 2003.
Kerry Wood and Kris Benson plunked Biggio on May 6th in 1998 and 2004. The Astros have a struck out 25 times in games when Biggio has been hit by a pitch on May 6th.
On May 7th, Biggio has been plunked once by Danny Jackson in 1995, twice by Orel Hershiser in 2000, and once by John Thomson in 2004.

In 1996, Craig Biggio recorded his first plunk in a road game against the Colorado Rockies. That season, the average altitude of Biggio's hbps raised by 106.3 feet, more than any other season. 1999, the only year since then in which Biggio was not plunked in Colorado, is also the only season since then in which Biggio's average plunk altitude decreased.

YearAverage Plunk AltitudeChange since prior yearTotal Plunks
2006489.30.8276
2005488.516.7273
2004471.829.5256
2003442.430.7241
2002411.710.1214
2001401.648.7197
2000352.929.4169
1999323.5-12.8153
1998336.254142
1997282.26.7119
1996275.5106.385
1995169.29.458
1994159.9-6.436
1993166.3-43.528
1992209.780.618
1991129.1-14.211
1990143.3-559
1989198.3n/a6

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