Monday, May 14, 2007

2 wins vs Arizona, off today

The Astros took two games from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, bringing their record to 18-19 for the season, and Craig Biggio increased his career hits total to 2,966. But, the Diamondbacks attempts to contribute to his chase for 288 plunks were misdirected - they hit Carlos Lee and Brad Ausmus yesterday.

The Astros are off today, awaiting the arrival of the San Fransisco Giants. Tomorrow is the 8th anniversary of the last time the Giants plunked Biggio. That, along with Omar Vizquel breaking the all-time record for double plays by a shortstop, are the only interesting things happening with the Giants, regarding statistics and milestones. Vizquel has participated in 1,597 double plays, which broke Ozzie Smith's 1,590 last week. Biggio has only 1,127 double plays to his credit, but that is more than anyone else who ever had 20 double plays as a catcher, and more than anyone who recorded a double play as a catcher, center fielder and second baseman (with the possible exception of Cap Anson - the first member of the 3000 hit club).

Biggio has been plunked once on May 14th - in 1996 by Jaime Navarro.

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