Thursday, September 28, 2006

things you wanted to know about extra innings

Craig Biggio didn't get hit by a pitch in last night's 15 inning contest at Pittsburgh, but if he had, it would have only been the second longest game he'd ever been plunked during. The longest game in which Craig Biggio was plunked was against the Cubs on May 31, 2003. Biggio was hit by Carlos Zambrano in the 7th inning, but the Astros were held scoreless through 16 innings before losing 1-0 in the bottom of the 16th.
Through last season, Biggio had played in 272 games that went to extra innings, and he got hit by a pitch in 27 of those games. But, he only got hit by a pitch after the 9th inning in 6 of those extra inning games. In those 272 extra inning contests the Astros won 131 and lost 141. Their record is slightly worse in the extra inning games in which Biggio was hit by a pitch, at 11-17. In the six games he got hit in extra innings, they won 3 and lost 3, but only 1 of those 6 was a home game (they won that one).
Perhaps most interestingly, 3 of the 6 pitchers who have plunked Biggio in extra innings were named Tim - Tim Birtsas, Tim Fortugno, and Tim Scott. And, only 1 Tim - Tim Worrell - ever plunked Biggio in a non-extra inning. (Maybe, to help Biggio get a few more extra-innings HBPs, instead of calling it extra-innings, it could be "overTim")

Biggio was hit in an extra inning twice at Riverfront Stadium (by Tims), but has not been hit later than the 9th inning more than once at any other park. He was hit a total of 3 times at Riverfront Stadium in games that went into extra innings. Only the Astrodome hosted more extra-inning games in which Biggio was plunked, with 8.

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