more scoreboard watching
Following up on yesterday's post regarding game scores when Craig Biggio gets hit by a pitch:
Of the 82 times Biggio has been hit by a pitch in the 7th inning or later, 42 came while the Astros were losing, 12 during tied games and 28 with the Astros in the lead. 35 occured when the teams were within 1 run of each other, and 58 when the teams were within 3 runs.
The Astros have come back to win 8 of the 17 games when Biggio was hit while down 1 run in the seventh inning or later. When Biggio is plunked with a lead in the 7th inning or later, the Astros are 25-3. They're 5-7 when he's plunked that late in a tie game, and 10-32 when he's been hit while they're trailing in the late innings. However, the only time he was plunked with the Astros losing in extra innings, they went on to win the game.
Biggio has only been hit while the Astros had a lead in the first inning once, and has never been plunked while trailing in the second inning. This is mostly explained by his usual spot batting at or near the top of the order. The Astros are 22-4 when Biggio is plunked with a lead in one of the first three innings, 37-27 when he's plunked in tie games that early, and 8-13 when he's hit in the early innings while the Astros are behind.
Below is the complete table of how many times Craig Biggio has been hit in each inning broken out by the difference on the score board.
Plunks by inning and Astros' lead: