Thursday, June 28, 2007

Killer B, Killer of Bs?

With Craig Biggio on the brink of 3000 hits, and Aaron Cook pitching at him tonight, fans might be interested to know that Biggio has 162 career hits and 22 HBPs against pitchers whose last names begin with the letter C. Biggio has had more career hits against pitchers with 6 last initials other than C, and his .271 average against pitchers whose last names start with C ranks 17th among his averages against pitchers grouped by last initial.

Biggio's highest batting average has been against pitchers with the last initial U - he bats .400 against them with a .933 slugging pct, but he's only had 15 career at bats against 2 pitchers with that last initial. Obviously he'd have reached 3000 hits a lot quicker if the league had more pitchers with last names starting with U. On the other hand though, he's never been plunked by a pitcher with that last initial.

301 of Biggio's career hits have been recorded against pitchers whose last name starts with B. B pitchers have also thrown more plunks (39) than pitchers with any other last initial, but he's also had more plate appearances against B pitchers than against any other group. Biggio's career average against pitchers who share his last initial is .282 - exactly mirroring his overall career average.

Below is an overview of Biggio's key stats, broken down by last initial of the pitcher. Hopefully, opposing managers won't go using this to bring in a Q pitcher to face Biggio, knowing he only bats .154 against them. I wouldn't want it to become a trend and slow the game down even more, as managers start switching pitchers based on last initial.

Last InitialPitchersPAHHBPHR2BAVGSLGPA/HBP
A505671431914260.3000.45529.8
B10412403013922670.2820.41631.8
C776931622215300.2710.4231.5
D5653814098310.2930.41259.8
E24164435770.3010.51032.8
F4636698912260.3120.51040.7
G50527119118220.2540.36047.9
H879572492021590.2980.45447.9
I54691130.2430.40546.0
J29273701210140.3110.51622.8
K30187428470.2710.39423.4
L585371341420210.2820.46538.4
M10912152861621750.2680.40475.9
N232376024120.2880.433118.5
O2326274311120.3200.54187.3
P665751421215360.2800.45147.9
Q32840010.1540.192n/a
R808622132120410.2910.44341.0
S10811522651623590.2630.39672.0
T36424106913270.2810.46747.1
U21660220.4000.933n/a
V2432279610150.2800.45453.7
W779472242721550.2750.42535.1
Y946120240.2730.545n/a
Z668162260.2910.50934.0


(There has never been a major league player whose last name began with X.)

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