Friday, June 23, 2006

visit an AL park, get hit by a pitch

Craig Biggio has been hit by 12 pitches playing in interleague games in American League ballparks, but the Astros are only tied for 6th among National League teams in getting hit by pitches while visiting the AL. The Florida Marlins lead the way with 51 interleague plunks on the road, largely at the hands of the Devil Rays (23 times) and Red Sox (10 times) - the two biggest plunkers of National League visitors.

Most HBPs by NL batters at AL parks (through today):
HBPsTeam
51Marlins
48Braves
36Cardinals
33Giants
33Pirates
31Astros
31Mets
30D-backs
30Padres
29Dodgers
25Brewers
24Phillies
24Nat-spos
23Rockies
23Reds
16Cubs


Through 2005, the most inhospitable AL parks to visit for the National League batters have been Fenway Park, and Tropicana Field (both are places Biggio has never been plunked). The Devil Rays have plunked the most visiting National Leaguers with 49, but the Red Sox had a higher difference between the number of batters they hit and the times they got hit. Visitors to Fenway Park have been plunked 46 times, while only hitting 23 Red Sox batters. Tropicana Field visitors have plunked 27 Devil Rays batters while getting hit 49 times.

Biggest difference between home and visitor HBPS in interleague games at AL ballparks:
TeamVisitors plunkedHome team plunkedDifference
Boston
462323
Tampa Bay
492722
Texas372314
Kansas City
392811
Anaheim36279
Detroit28208
Oakland34268
Chicago(A)30237
Cleveland24231
Minnesota28280
New York(A)
28280
Baltimore28280
Milwaukee*23-1
Toronto3337-4
Seattle1722-5
*Interleague play began in 1997, the year before Milwaukee moved from the AL to the NL, so they hosted interleague games as an AL park in the '97 season.

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