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.
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