Monday, August 07, 2006

hundredth hits

On Saturday, Craig Biggio notched his 2,900th hit and did not get hit by a pitch that day. That was the 25th time he'd past a 100 hit milestone without being plunked in the same game. Earlier this year, on April 8th, he was hit by a pitch by Livan Hernandez in the same game Hernandez gave up Biggio's 2,800th hit. Biggio was also plunked in the same game that he reached 100 hits, 1,000 hits, and 1,800 hits.
July 30, 1989 was the game in which he reached 100 career hits. He was hit by Mike LaCoss that day, but it was Steve Bedrosian who gave up the 100th hit. Biggio's 1,000th was recorded on July 1, 1995 off Mike Dyer, in a game in which Biggio was plunked by John Hope. And on July 25, 1999 Andy Ashby hit Biggio with a pitch, and Carlos Reyes gave up Biggio's 1,800th hit in relief of Ashby.
All 4 of the times Biggio has been hit in the same game that he recorded a 100th hit have been in home games, but 18 of Biggio's 29 100th hits have occurred on the road, even though he's had more total hits at home, 1,459 to 1,441.
Biggio's first 100 hits were the slowest of his career, taking 134 games to achieve. His second 100 hits took 108 games, but he's only had three 100 hit milestones take longer than 100 games since then. The fastest 100 hit span was between 1,600 and 1,700 hits, which took him just 74 games. If you were to measure time in terms of HBPs, his fastest 100 hit span was between 100 and 200 hits, when he got hit by a pitch just once. He was also only plunked once between his 300th and 400th hits, and between his 400th and 500th hits. He was hit the most often between his 1,400th and 1,500th hits, with 21 HBPs in that span.
The most common month for Biggio to pass a 100 hit milestone has been July with 8 times, followed by April with 7 times. The Expos/Nationals franchise has given up 5 of those 29 milestone hits, more than any other franchise, but the Reds are not far back with 4. 11 different National League teams, and 1 AL team seen Biggio record a 100th hit against them.

Here are the dates of each of Craig Biggio's 100 hit milestones, with links to the box scores, how many games and HBPs it took to get there from the last 100, and who they were playing at the time:
Hit#DateGamesHBPsOpponent
10007/30/19891345Giants
20006/15/19901081Reds
30004/14/1991973Giants
40008/04/1991911Dodgers
50005/20/1992931Phillies
60009/04/1992946Expos
70006/30/19931015Reds
80004/04/1994836Expos
90007/07/1994834Cubs
100007/01/19958815Reds
110009/29/19958111Cubs
120007/04/19968816Braves
130004/22/19979512Padres
140007/23/19978213Cardinals
150004/24/19988321Expos
160007/26/19988217Padres
170004/26/1999746Diamondbacks
180007/25/1999808Padres
190005/13/2000959Reds
200005/04/20019515Expos
210008/07/20018017Braves
220006/10/200210317Cubs
230004/04/2003947Cardinals
240007/19/20038714Reds
250005/08/20049017Braves
260008/23/2004929Phillies
270006/13/2005966Orioles
280004/08/200610012Nationals
290008/05/2006956Diamondbacks

Look for number 3,000 sometime in late May of '06.

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2 Comments:

At 8/07/2006 03:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question: will Biggio end up with a larger number of HBP or HR?

 
At 8/07/2006 06:37:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

It looks like the homers are catching up with the HBPs for Biggio, with a career high for him in home runs last season, so my guess is that he's focusing a little more on hitting for power and the home runs will end up higher. They might actually pull even by the end of this season (he's currently at 274 home runs, and 280 hbps, for those of you not keeping score at home).

 

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