Friday, April 13, 2007

first plunked

So far this year, the Astros have been hit by 6 pitches, and thrown another 3 plunks themselves, which means that 9 batters have been plunked in Astros games this year without any of them being Craig Biggio. That ties with the 2002 season for 13th on the year by year list of how many people got plunked in Astros games before Biggio.

In the past 18 seasons, Biggio has been one of the first 10 batters plunked in Astros games in 13 of them. Although he's never been plunked on opening day, he was the first batter hit (for either team) in Astros games in 1997, 1998 and 2003.

The 6 Astros plunks so far is the most since 2000 when Biggio watched 16 teammates get plunked before he took one for the team that year. The Astros have not had more than 18 batters get hit before Biggio joined them in any year since 1988 - when was Biggio was a rookie and did not get plunked.

Here's the total HBPs for the Astros and their opponents before Biggio's first plunk of each season. These totals include batters hit in the same game, but still before, Biggio's first HBP of the year:

Astros HBPs
Opponents HBPsTotal HBPs
First plunk date
1989437April 22
1990132235July 22
19917613June 7
1992181028June 12
199312517May 19
1994145April 12
1995123April 30
1996112April 3
1997000April 4
1998000April 1
1999235April 25
200016925April 29
2001347April 7
2002549April 10
2003000April 2
2004538April 14
2005123April 13
2006224April 8


At 4/13/2007 04:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Biggio is our leadoff hitter does he also hold the record for most games leading off with a plunk..? (I've grudgingly accepted the fact that he won't catch Henderson for leadoff homers).
Do we know how many of those plunks were on the first pitch?

At 4/13/2007 09:24:00 PM, Blogger pbr said...

The leadoff HBP count for Biggio is 39, but it's hard to prove that's a record. The pitch by pitch data hasn't been available until recently to know how many were on the first pitch - but hopefully I'll have that sometime this season once finishes up putting together the 1999 season.


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