Thursday, September 21, 2006

Carpenter and Cardinals

Craig Biggio didn't get hit by a pitch yesterday, but he did hit his 20th home run of the season. But, he's still 476 homers away from tying Hank Aaron, and still 6 plunks away from tying Hughie Jennings.
Tonight the St. Louis Cardinals visit, and they'll be bringing Chris Carpenter to pitch for them. Carpenter hit Biggio with a pitch on April 14, 2004, and again on September 3, 2005. Carpenter has a good chance of winning another Cy Young award this season, and if he were to hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, that might just be the final lift he needs with the voters to solidify his candidacy. Carpenter could join Greg Maddux, and become the 2nd pitcher to plunk Biggio and win the Cy Young award in 2 consecutive years. Pedro Martinez is the only other pitcher to win the Cy in the same year he plunked Biggio.

Salomon Torres recorded his first career hit batter on September 21, 1993 by plunking Craig Biggio.

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