Monday, June 18, 2007

Angels - not Charlie's

The Astros swept three game series for the first time this season, with three straight wins over the Seattle Mariners, and Craig Biggio has increased his career hit total to 2,989. He's collected 11 hits in as few as four games, but he's only done it that quickly twice, and not since 1995. That Colorado series at Minute Maid Park, June 28th-30th looks like a good time to have Astros tickets, and hopefully Craig Biggio can go back to refusing to get out of the way of pitches after that.

Tonight the Astros are in Anaheim where the Los Angeles Angels are "of" and where they play baseball at Angels Stadium. The Angels have never plunked Biggio, and they'll be the last team on the Astros schedule this season who can say that. John Lackey is scheduled to pitch tonight, and baseball's he throws hit batters at a rate of about one per 94 batters faced. He's never plunked Biggio, but he has hit 47 other batters.

Pedro Astacio plunked Biggio on June 18, 2001, and the Astros are 1-0 on this date when Biggio gets plunked.

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