Friday, April 06, 2007

Champions visit

The St. Louis Cardinals are the defending World Series Champions, but when they show up in Houston for tonight's game they'll be just as 0-3 as the Astros. Adam Wainwright is tonight's scheduled starter. Wainwright has made 63 relief appearance for the Cardinals in the last two years, but this will be his first as a starter. He's never plunked Craig Biggio, but he did hit 4 batters last year - Rickie Weeks, Geoff Jenkins, Austin Kearns and Jose Bautista - all of whom had 10 or more HBPs last season. It looks like Wainright is a bit of a band-wagon plunker - just hitting the same guys everyone else is hitting. All four times Wainwright hit batters last season were in the 7th or 8th inning.

Craig Biggio has never been plunked on April 6th.



At 4/06/2007 09:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this site!!!
Considering the wide range of wild pitchers with control problems that biggio has faced, do we know the number of wild pitches thrown while Biggio was at the plate, and how many times he has advanced on the basepaths because of a wild pitch, and how many of those advances were after he got plunked?
Just curious... thanks!

At 4/06/2007 04:24:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

I haven't looked at how many times wild pitches have been thrown with Biggio at the plate, but I do know that he scored 4 runs on wild pitches, after reaching base on plunks, and there have been 46 times when a pitcher has plunked Biggio and been charged with a wild pitch in the same game.
Of course the problem with the wild pitch stat is that they only record it if someone is on base and advances, and some pitches can be called either a wild pitch on the pitcher or a pass ball on the catcher. But it would be interesting to take a look at wild pitches during Biggio's plate appearances at some point.

At 4/06/2007 07:06:00 PM, Anonymous DM said...

Also, how many times has Biggio advanced to first on a dropped third strike? One could assume that he might have made some effort to avoid being hit by these presumably wild pitches, and managed to get on base anyway. There's an interesting psychological dynamic for ya...


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