Friday, June 22, 2007

Silver Boot in jeopardy

Well, if the Astros beat the Rangers in the final two games of the Lone Star series this weekend, and win by a total combined score of more than 19 runs, they can still win the Silver Boot. In the event that the teams split their 6 games in a season, the boot is given to the team who scores more runs, but after last night's 11-3 loss, the Astros are down 3 games to 1 in the series, and down 33 to 14 in total runs.

Biggio did get one hit last night, bringing his career total to 2,993. And he scored one of the Astros three runs. Somehow, despite the low batting average, and low OBP, and the near total lack of getting hit by pitches this season, Craig Biggio still leads the Astros in runs scored.

The Astros are expected to rest Biggio today, keeping him out of the starting lineup even though the Rangers are sending Jamey Wright to the mound. Wright is third on the all time list in the category of hitting Craig Biggio with pitches, with 4. He trails only Pedro Astacio and Mark Gardner. Jamey Wright plunked Biggio on August 24, 1997, September 9, 1997, July 23, 2002, and . If he Biggio does get into the game and happens to get plunked by Wright, Wright could become the first pitcher to plunk Biggio while pitching for three different teams, and the 3rd pitcher to hit Biggio with a pitch while pitching in both leagues. The Astros are 4-0 when Jamey Wright hits Craig Biggio with a pitch.

Biggio has been plunked once on June 23rd - by Francisco Cordova of the Pirates in 1997.

On Sunday, Robinson Tejeda is expected to pitch for the Rangers. He's never plunked Biggio, but he has hit 5 batters this season and 16 in his 232.1 inning career. Biggio has never been hit by a pitch on June 24th.


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