Thursday, May 31, 2007

the end of Mays

not Willie.

Tonight's game is Craig Biggio's final chance to get hit by a pitch and extend his streak to 15 years with at least 1 HBP in May. Last season, Biggio broke a 15 year streak of getting hit by a pitch in June. He was plunked at least once in every month of June from 1991 to 2005. So, if he doesn't get hit today, April will be the month he's been plunked in for the most consecutive years with 14. If he does get hit today, he'll have two different streaks of 15 consecutive years with an HBP in a particular month. There's only about 150 players who have been hit by a pitch in 15 consecutive years, so there can't be very many who have done it in the same month in 15 consecutive years.

The last season Craig Biggio didn't get hit by a pitch in the month of May was 1992 - back when he played catcher, and was still looking for his 12th career HBP. Biggio's first plunk in '92 was on June 12th, but he still managed to get to 7 for the season.

Even with this years May plunk drought, Craig Biggio has still been hit by a pitch in 11.3% of the games he's played in May - a little more than once every 9 games. He's been hit a total of 60 times in the month, which is one more plunk than the San Diego Padres have ever had in a full season, and 4 more than the career total of every player ever born in Nevada (through last year).

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