Monday, September 25, 2006

career highs

Of the 8 pitchers who have hit Craig Biggio with a pitch this season, 4 of them - Juan Cruz, Jason Marquis, Scott Feldman and Josh Kinney - have hit more batters this season than in any prior year, establishing new career highs for themselves in hit batters. In all, 162 of Biggio's 281 career plunks were thrown by a pitcher who set a career high in that season. Those 162 plunks were thrown by 133 different pitchers, and 14 of those 133 set personal bests in two different seasons in which they plunks Biggio. Kerry Wood, for example, hit 11 batters in 1998, including Biggio, which was a career high at the time, but in 2002 he hit 16 batters, including Biggio, establishing a new career high.
Of the 133 pitchers who have set at least one career high in a season in which they plunked Biggio, 19 of them, including Kinney and Feldman this year, had never hit a batter in a prior season.
Of the 23 pitchers who plunked Biggio more than once in a season, 15 of them did so in a season in which they broke their career high. However, the only player to plunk Biggio 3 times in a season did not have a career high that year. Jason Jennings plunked Biggio 3 times last year, but only 2 other batters, for a total of 5. His career high was 8 in 2002.

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