Saturday, July 21, 2007

Craig Biggio and the no-blood plunks

Craig Biggio had another plunk-free game last night, but the Astros managed to win anyway with the bullpen preserving Roy Oswalt's 2-1 win.

Biggio is not expected to start in the remaining two games against the Pirates, which may deny Pittsburgh starters Paul Maholm and John Van Benschoten the chance to hit him with a pitch for the first time in either of their careers. Both pitchers have hit 4 batters this year, and Maholm plunked 12 in 2006. Craig Biggio has never been plunked by a Van.

Craig Biggio has been plunked 3 times by pitchers named Mark on July 21st - twice in 1995 (Leiter) and once in 1998 (Brownson). He was marked by one more Mark on July 22, 1990 (Gardner). You could say this is a marked weekend for him. But I already did, so now you don't have to.

Biggio has been plunked 4 times on release weekends of Harry Potter books (including both US and British releases of "Prisoner of Azkaban"), but he hasn't been plunked on the release weekend of any of the past 3 books. Biggio has never been plunked by a pitcher named Potter, Voldemort, Dumbledore, Weasley, Granger, Snape, or Hagrid.


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