Break's over, back to work.
Summer vacation is over for the Astros and they'll head back to school beginning today in Florida against Dontrelle Willis and the Marlins. Willis is leading the league in hit batters with 13 on the season and the Marlins are tied for the league lead with 48. Willis has plunked Biggio in each of the last two seasons, on September 12, 2005 and May 18, 2004. The Astros are 8-5 when the Marlins have hit Biggio with a pitch, but only 1-2 when Biggio has been hit twice. Florida and Arizona are the only two teams that the Astros have a losing record against in game when Biggio has been plunked twice.
The Astros will be hoping for an offensive boost from the newly acquired Aubrey Huff. Huff hasn't been hit by a pitch this year, but he does have 21 career plunks, with a respectable career high of 8 in 2003. Okay, they probably didn't get him to increase the team plunk totals, but hopefully he'll help the offense out somehow, but perhaps not today since he's only batting .232 against lefties this year.