Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Astros pick up a win but not a plunk

The Astros won last night's game against the Nationals by a 3-2 score, but it was also the 31st consecutive game for Craig Biggio in which he did not get hit by a pitch.

Tonight, John Lannan will be pitching for the Nationals. He's a 22 year old rookie and has only hit two batters in his career. He's never faced Craig Biggio before, but if he does throw plunk 286, he will break the all time record for most occurrences of the letter N in the last name of a left handed pitcher who has hit Craig Biggio with a pitch. 7 left-handers with two Ns in their name have plunked Biggio a total of 9 times, but the only pitcher with 3 or more Ns ever to plunk Biggio was Jason Jennings, who is right handed, and threw one HBP:BGO for every N in his last name.

On August 23, 1997, Pedro Astacio threw the first of his record 7 plunkings of Craig Biggio.


At 8/23/2007 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous The Real PBR said...

What about the combination of A's and N's in ones name? Sort of like Alaa Abalnabi's, run of A's, B' and L's.

At 8/23/2007 10:54:00 AM, Blogger pbr said...

I guess Lannan would tie fellow left-hander Frank Tanana for the lead in total a's + n's in his last name, but I think you'd have to give Frank the tie breaker based on his first name.

At 8/23/2007 07:03:00 PM, Anonymous jsg said...

Lannan has only 5 starts in the Majors. He was ejected from his FIRST game after hitting two batters with consecutive pitches!


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