Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pirates new acquisition to throw near Biggio?

Last night Craig Biggio did not get hit by a pitch, but he did hit a home run to help the Astros and Brandon Backe to a 3-1 victory. Pirates pitchers Paul Maholm and John Grabow threw 15 pitches toward the plate while Biggio was standing next to it, but none of them could hit him. This, perhaps, is exactly why the Pirates added tonights starter Shawn Chacon to their roster in a trading deadline deal with the Yankees for Craig Wilson. In Chacon, they got a starter who has plunked Biggio 3 different times, along with 50 other batters. Chacon last hit Craig Biggio with a pitch on April 10, 2002 at Coors field. Prior to that season, he did it twice in 2001, on June 7th, and June 19th. Shawn Chacon is 1-2 when he hits Craig Biggio with a pitch, and the Astros are 2-1 when that happens.

Craig Biggio has been hit by a pitch twice on August 9th - in 1995 by Willie Fraser of the Expos, and in 1997 by Turk Wendell of the Mets.