Saturday, April 14, 2007

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.



At 4/14/2007 09:37:00 AM, Anonymous DM said...

I am most gratified to see that my humble suggestion of a Predict-The-Date contest has attracted so many talented and enthusiastic participants. Now, the only remaining question is if Mr. B himself is a reader of this blog, and has somehow decided to fix the result. IF my prediction somehow manages to be incorrect, that's how I shall explain it.

At 4/14/2007 01:07:00 PM, Anonymous cletus.j."bubba" huckabee jr. said...

I don't reckon you got much to worry about. "Target" Biggio ain't got time enough to wash off his batting helmet, much less be spendin' time a gazin' at this here blog.

At 4/15/2007 04:18:00 PM, Blogger An Unforunate Fan said...

I was completely unaware of this Biggio distincion. I assumed he had stopped taking walks this year to swing away for 3k hits, but maybe he's just trying to lean into more pitches.

Why settle for a numerical milestone when you can be career leader in a category?

At 4/15/2007 09:51:00 PM, Blogger TexSport Publications said...

I predict he will get his 3000th hit on June 19, 2007 against the Los Angeles Angels at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Robert H. Kelly
TexSport Publications


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