Saturday, June 24, 2006

room for improvement in Chicago

Craig Biggio found his 2,868th hit and his 1,737th run scored last night in Chicago, but plunk #278 has still not been thrown, and the Astros couldn't come up with their 38th win of the season, losing 7-4. Andy Pettitte was charged with his 99th career loss, but I'm sure he's in no hurry to get to the round number in that category.

Today the Astros will face Jon Garland, who has never plunked Craig Biggio. Garland is behind only Mark Buehrle on the active hit batters list for the White Sox, and tied for 18th on the all time franchise list with 31 career plunks thrown. He's 72 behind the White Sox all time leader, Red Faber, who plunked 103 batters between 1914 and 1933. Faber also hit two batters in the 1917 World Series while winning 3 games. Only 4 other players have plunked more than 50 batters for the White Sox franchise.
Craig Biggio has never been plunked on June 24th.

Tomorrow's White Sox starter is scheduled to be Javier Vazquez, who is currently #2 in the Majors in hit batters with 9 this season. Only Dontrelle Willis has plunked more in 2006. Vazquez has hit 56 in his career at a rate of 1 per 131 batters faced.
Miguel Batista plunked Biggio on June 25, 2001.



At 6/25/2006 03:09:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

I'm not sure which is more discouraging, the way they keep losing in distressing fashion, or the way that Biggio keeps failing to get plunked along the way.

I take it back. I am sure.

At 6/26/2006 06:58:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

And yet, they're still only 5 games out of 1st and 3 games behind the wild card because nobody in the NL seems to be able to beat the AL. The American League is 103-64 in interleague play, and the only NL team with a winning interleague record is the Rockies.


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