Phily in April
Craig Biggio picked up one hit last night in the Astros 9-6 win over the Phillies but he didn't get hit by any of the 17 pitches thrown to him. Also, Biggio seems to have decided that he only hits doubles from now on. So that should an interesting way to get the rest of the way to 3000.
Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch for the Phillies today. Hamels hasn't hit anybody this season, but he hit Willy Taveras last year, along with Ramon Hernandez and that guy who plays 3rd base for the Yankees, bringing his career total to... three. Or, about 1 batter plunked of every 203 he's faced.
Biggio has been hit once on April 14th... in 2004 by Chris Carpenter.
For Sunday's game, the Phillies seem to be planning to have Freddy Garcia back from the disabled list and starting the game. He's never hit Biggio either, but his career total is up to 51, after plunking 7 batters last season. Garcia's has only face the Astros once in the regular season - on June 9, 2004 when he gave up Biggio's 535th career double. But he also pitched game 4 of the 2005 World Series against the Astros, and shut them out through 7 innings, earning the series clinching win.
None of Biggio's 282 career HBPs have been recorded on April 15th.