Friday, June 22, 2007

Lone Star Series records

Craig Biggio comes into tonight's game against the Rangers tied with Lance Berkman for the all time HBP record in the Lone Star Series. Both Biggio and Berkman have been plunked 5 times by the Rangers. There have only been 28 plunks thrown in the 39 games Texas and Houston have played each other so far, and Biggio and Berkman have been the target of more than a third of them. Berkman has had 2 more games to get plunked against Texas though - he's the only player for either team to play in all 39 games. Biggio and Michael Young have played in 37. Biggio is also the only player ever to be plunked twice in a game between the Rangers and Astros.

Here's the all time HBP list in the battle for Texas:
Craig Biggio - 5
Lance Berkman - 5
Alex Rodriguez - 3
Kevin Mench - 2
Mark Teixeira - 2
Jeff Bagwell - 2
Glen Barker - 2
Carlos Beltran - 1
Frank Catalanotto - 1
Brad Fullmer - 1
Carlos Lee - 1
Gerald Laird - 1
Willy Taveras - 1
Ivan Rodriguez - 1

Biggio also holds the lead in hits, runs and doubles in games between Houston and Texas, and he is only 1 Home Run away from the lead in that category.

All time hits in Rangers-Astros games (top ten):
Craig Biggio - 50 (37 games)
Michael Young - 49 (37 games)
Lance Berkman - 39 (39 games)
Mark Teixeira - 29 (25 games)
Kevin Mench - 26 (28 games)
Richard Hidalgo - 25 (25 games - 16 for the Astros, 9 for the Rangers)
Hank Blalock - 24 (24 games)
Morgan Ensberg - 21 (25 games)
Jose Vizcaino - 21 (24 games)
Alex Rodriguez - 20 (18 games)
Jeff Bagwell - 20 (23 games)

Runs in Rangers-Astros games (top ten):
Craig Biggio - 34
Michael Young - 23
Mark Teixeira - 20
Lance Berkman - 20
Hank Blalock - 19
Morgan Ensberg - 19
Jeff Bagwell - 17
Alex Rodriguez - 16
Rafael Palmeiro - 12
Alfonso Soriano - 12
Richard Hidalgo - 12

Double in Rangers-Astros games (top ten):
Craig Biggio - 11
Lance Berkman - 10
Michael Young - 9
Richard Hidalgo - 9
Mark Teixeira - 7
Gary Matthews - 6
Hank Blalock - 6
Jeff Bagwell - 5
Kevin Mench - 5
Alex Rodriguez - 5

Home runs in Rangers-Astros games (top ten):
Mark Teixeira - 8
Kevin Mench - 7
Craig Biggio - 7
Morgan Ensberg - 7
Lance Berkman - 5
Rafael Palmeiro - 5
Michael Young - 5
Ivan Rodriguez - 4
Hank Blalock - 4
Moises Alou - 4

RBI in Ranger-Astros games (top ten):
Lance Berkman - 23
Morgan Ensberg - 20
Kevin Mench - 20
Michael Young - 19
Mark Teixeira - 18
Alex Rodriguez - 17
Jeff Bagwell - 16
Craig Biggio - 14
Hank Blalock - 12
Richard Hidalgo - 12

Top ten batting averages in Rangers-Astros games, minimum 50 ABs:
Gary Matthews - .352 (54 AB)
Craig Biggio - .345 (145 AB)
Michael Young - .331 (148 AB)
Richard Hidalgo - .325 (77 AB)
Mark Teixeira - .309 (94 AB)
Alex Rodriguez - .308 (65 AB)
Jose Vizcaino - .273 (77 AB)
Lance Berkman - .269 (145 AB)
Hank Blalock - .264 (91 AB)
Kevin Mench - .257 (101 AB)

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