Wednesday, May 09, 2007

6-1 against the Reds, but not plunks.... yet

The Astros kept 1 step (or run) ahead of the Reds last night and held on in the 9th inning for a 7-6 win, but Craig Biggio didn't get hit by any pitches. But even though it seems like the Astros and Reds have already played each other 40 times this season, Biggio still has 5 more chance to get plunked by the Reds this month alone.

Tonight Matt Belisle will get his turn. He's never plunked Biggio, but he probably wants to. If he does hit Craig Biggio with a pitch, he will join Tom Candiotti and Jon Lieber on the list of pitchers to do so on May 9th. Candiotti threw Biggio's 30th plunk on May 9, 1994, and Lieber threw plunk 41 on May 9, 1995.



At 5/09/2007 09:14:00 AM, Blogger Angry Sam said...

I've enjoyed your blog since you started tracked the whole HBP race. Gotta say I'm pumped about Biggio's likelihood of busting the all-time record this season, although it concerns me that he's only been plunked once this year. He's hung around for a reason -- some say it's the 3,000 hits mark -- but I'm pretty sure that's not the only thing. Do you know if he's ever gotten such a slow start on the HBPs?

Also very excited about Kevin Youkilis this year. He's been plunked 5 times already this season, a much higher rate than he ever has before.

At 5/10/2007 01:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think that once BGO gets the 3000 hits out of the way he can safely go back to reaching for the all time plunk record

lisa gray

At 5/10/2007 08:52:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

Yeah, it sure seems like the 3000 hits milestone has become a distraction to the HBP chase. At the beginning of last season, Russ Springer had a quote in Alyson Footer's column on where he said Biggio should stop taking walks, stop getting hit, and just get 700 at bats and get the 3000 hits. So it seems like he'd have broken the plunk record by now if he wasn't chasing 3000 hits, but if he wasn't chasing 3000 hits, he might not be playing at all, and wouldn't be able to break the plunk record.
And if Yes, Bill, but I do not believe we will get Eddie Van Halen until we have a triumphant video. But Ted, it's pointless to have a triumphant video before we even have decent instruments.


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