even more stuff about Jason Kendall
Craig Biggio's plunkless streak has now reached 48 consecutive games, tying for the 7th longest of his career, but Jason Kendall is also in a significant HBP slump. Kendall has gone 23 consecutive games without being hit, and that's tied for the 12th longest of his career. If he goes another week without being hit, he'll be in his 4th longest plunkless streak ever. Kendall has only gone 30 or more games without being hit by a pitch 3 times - a 31 game streak in 1999, a 34 game streak in 2000, and his career long 50 game plunkless streak in 2001.
With only 3 plunks this season, Kendall is well below his career average of 19 plunks per year. If he can get back on that pace, Kendall can contend for the all time HBP record in late 2010 or early 2011. While plunks are inherently unpredictable, and difficult to project, his current pace would give him 8 for this season. You can never tell with these things if that's just a one year dip or a declining trend, but to keep playing into 2011, he'll need to stay healthy, and probably pick up his hitting above his .210 average this season. He turns 33 years old in 12 days, and if 8 plunks a season a regular thing for him, he'll need to keep playing to age 42 to have a shot at the plunk title.
By playing for a team in each league, Jason Kendall has managed to be hit by 28 of the 30 major league franchises, missing (or missed by) only Toronto and Pittsburgh (he has never played his former team). Biggio, playing solely in the NL, has only been hit by 23 different teams. But, Kendall has only been hit 18 times at most by any one team (the Reds), but Biggio's been hit at least that many times by 7 teams, with a career high of 32 against the Rockies. Kendall, also due to playing for teams in both leagues, has gotten hit in 35 different ballparks, to Biggio's 30. And, while Biggio has been plunked most often by pitchers born under the zodiac sign Sagittarius, with 29, Kendall's plunks by Sagittarii are tied with those thrown by Pisces with 25 each. They've both been hit most often by pitchers born in the Chinese year of the Snake, with 38 for Biggio and 29 for Kendall.
Kendall has been plunked once on his own birthday, on June 26, 1998, and on September 15, 1998 he was hit in both games of a double header. Craig Biggio has never done either of those things, mostly because his birthday is in December, and the Astros play in a dome, causing a scarcity of double headers in Biggio's career.
Below is the complete list of pitchers that have plunked Jason Kendall. The number of times each has plunked Biggio is in parenthesis, and those plunks which resulted in Kendall scoring a run are marked with an "r".